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How Can You Prevent Mental Illness?

Mental Illness is one of the most misunderstood conditions. Unfortunately, thousands of people have an undiagnosed mental illness and never receive the expert care and therapy they need to feel better. There are roughly 300 different types of mental illness, and there are two broad categories that indicate mental illness. The first is called AMI, which stands for Any Mental Illness that disrupts the person’s mind, behaviors, or emotions. The second category is an SMI, a Serious Mental Illness that is the same but causes severe functional impairment or interferes with a person’s life. 

How Can You Prevent Mental Illness?

How Many People Have Mental Illness?

The National Institute of Mental Health states how common mental illness is. Over 50 million people are diagnosed with a mental health disorder as mental illness. They explain that there are different levels of mental illness, from severe to mild. 

“Mental illnesses are common in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.” (NIMH)

Who Can Get Mental Illness?

When someone is diagnosed with mental illness, they will meet specific criteria and often share the same histories and experiences. For example, many military soldiers are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after fighting in combat or witnessing violent tragedies. Similarly, many people who are diagnosed with depression are grieving the loss of a loved one. The risk of developing a mental illness will also be greater if someone has a family (genetic) history of mental health or emotional health disorders. 

The process for being diagnosed with a mental illness can only be completed by a psychiatrist or mental health professional.  

Is it Possible to Prevent a Mental Illness from Happening?

To prevent yourself or someone you love from developing a mental illness, it is critical to know what to look for. As we know, many people live their lives not knowing that they have a mental illness. The Mayo Clinic provides a list of signs and symptoms that are useful to understand. Preventing mental illness is sometimes impossible, but the best plan is to know the signs and symptoms.

“Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances, and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Examples of signs and symptoms include: 

  • Feeling sad or down 
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate 
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt 
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows 
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities 
  • Significant tiredness, low energy, or problems sleeping 
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia, or hallucinations 
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress 
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and people 
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use 
  • Major changes in eating habits 
  • Sex drive changes 
  • Excessive anger, hostility, or violence 
  • Suicidal thinking   (Mayo Clinic)

What Types of Therapy Help a Mental Illness?

Today the most well-known type of therapy for mental illness are behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies. Both of these types of therapy methods are evidence-based. Getting help for a mental illness with behavioral therapy will most often rely on cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Each of these behavioral therapy methods helps people identify their negative thoughts that cause negative emotions and reactions. Pharmacotherapies are medications that help soothe or minimize certain mental health disorder symptoms. 

The Experts at Garden State Detox Can Help You Right Now

Don’t wait if you or a family member is struggling and has mental illness signs or symptoms. We have an evidence-based detox program that has openings now. We can help you overcome depression, anxiety, addictions, and many other mental or emotional health disorders. Thousands come through the Garden State Detox door, not knowing how to feel better, and we get them there. Our specialists will make it possible for you to be admitted, medicated, and cared for quickly by our psychiatric and medical staff. 

Call us for priority placement into an evidence-based treatment or therapy program or chat and email for information on how to get help right now.  

What are 4 Types of Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a complex disorder of the mind, emotions, and behaviors that can stem from physiological influences, result from trauma or abuse, and get worse or better. The Mayo Clinic writes what a mental illness is and that there are many varieties of mental illness, and they are referred to as a disorder. Mayo also states how identifying separate mental illnesses as disorders will include separate and specific symptoms.  

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors. Mental illness signs and symptoms can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances, and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. (Mayo Clinic

What are 4 Types of Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the 4 Most Common Types

There are many different types of mental illnesses as disorders. In broad terms, it is helpful to refer to the disorders regarding what it does to the person. For example, someone with depression has a mood disorder because they are not content. Or someone who won’t eat or starves themselves has an eating disorder. We identify four types of mental illness disorders that are most common and include: 

  • Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) 
  • Anxiety Disorders (panic disorders, generalized anxiety, phobias) 
  • Trauma-related Disorders (post-traumatic stress disorders, reactive-attachment disorders, adjustment disorders, etc.) 
  • Substance Abuse Disorders (addiction to drugs or alcohol)

What Therapy is Best for Mental Disorder?

Each disorder mentioned is most well-known and can be treated with evidence-based forms of therapy. The type of counseling that has proven to help someone with a mental illness as a disorder must provide them emotional and mental support as well as helping them to change. It is important to note that many people who have a mental illness often go years without professional therapy or counseling and medications to help them. The fear that holds many people back from therapy is often the belief that mental illness cannot be helped, which is false. 

Garden State Detox provides counseling and therapy to help our patients heal, change, and improve the quality of their lives.  

Where Can I find Evidence-Based Therapy Today?

Evidence-based therapy is very effective in treating a mental illness.  Many types of evidence-based therapy are used for helping people with various mental illnesses. The most well-regarded and well-known evidence-based kind of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Both CBT and DBT can be provided at a residential treatment setting or through a behavioral specialist at a private practice. These evidence-based forms of treatment help the person understand how what they think about lays the ground for how they feel and act.  

A professional, evidence-based therapy counselor is trained on how to help a person identify their negative thoughts and feelings as patterns and what to do to change them. Most people with anxiety, depression, addictions, or trauma overcome their conditions altogether or have very few symptoms. 

Get Immediate Help at Garden State Detox for A Loved One’s Mental Disorder

It isn’t easy to have a relative who is suffering from a mental or emotional health disorder. Often they can be agitated or sad, and there is likely a lack of trust towards anyone around them. However, they are not at fault, and the best course of action is to offer sincere help through compassion and understanding. 

The experts we have on the phone and available through chat and email are trained to guide you to approach your loved one. Don’t let another day go by as dramatic or complex. The therapy and counseling available right now at Garden State Detox can get your family members to feel good about their lives again. Call, chat, or email for immediate help