Mental Health

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Sadness, anxiety, anger – experiencing these are all part of the human condition. But when thoughts and feelings become so intense that one is unable to function normally they may be signs of a mental health disorder. It is estimated that one in five Americans struggle with mental illness. Fortunately, with proper mental health help people can find relief from these conditions. At Sovereign Health of Florida our dedicated professionals know how to identify mental illness and provide a range of evidence-based treatments for them. We provide the mental health help our patients need so that they may recover and lead healthy and happy lives.

Recognizing Mental Illness

The first step in treating mental illness is to diagnose it properly. We understand that patients with an underlying condition may be experiencing different symptoms which is why we make sure our diagnosis is as accurate as possible. When a patient visits any one of our mental health treatment centers the process begins with a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation. A careful examination and accurate diagnosis are the first steps in providing the most effective treatment plan tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

Here are some common mental illnesses and their associated symptoms:

Depression – also known as major depressive disorder – is much more than just “feeling blue.” It can be severely debilitating to those suffering from it, powerfully impacting how they think, feel and behave. Signs of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or “emptiness”
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Loss of appetite of overeating
  • Difficulty concentrating

Bipolar disorder was formerly called manic depression. It is characterized by extreme mood swings from emotional highs that include feelings of euphoria to emotional lows characterized by severe depression. Other symptoms include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Grandiosity, or inflated self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain or weight loss

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic disorder. These may become so severe that one is no longer to function normally. People experiencing the following symptoms may be struggling with an anxiety disorder:

  • Persistent worrying
  • Inability to relax
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia

The Mayo Clinic defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms include:

  • Heightened startle reflex (startling more easily)
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Avoiding situations that are similar to traumatic event
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event

Schizophrenia is severe mental illness requiring mental health help. Those with schizophrenia will experience

  • Disorganized thoughts or speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Blunted emotions
  • Decreased personal hygiene
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Treatment Modalities for Mental Illness

At Sovereign Health’s mental health treatment centers our programs are based on the recognition that each patient is a unique individual requiring a treatment program that fits their individual needs.

At Sovereign Health, once a patient’s condition is assessed, he or she will enter and progress through appropriate levels of care. These levels include:

  • Residential treatment center (RTC) – This level of care is only offered at our residential mental health facilities in Fort Myers
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

At each level of care our staff will provide evidence-based therapies to treat our patients in the most effective way possible. Mental health treatment programs takes many forms. We employ a range of treatment modalities that have been shown to bring lasting relief to our patients. An example is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With this approach a therapist helps the patient identify harmful thoughts and behaviors and provide a healthier perspective that helps bring the patient feel relief.

Other types of individualized therapy and counseling are offered to our patients depending on the specific program in which he or she is participating. Rehab for mental illness may employ group sessions that allow patients to bond and identify with each other. We also recognize the critical role that family plays in the healing process. Accordingly, interaction with families during group sessions and family weekends is encouraged. Sovereign also incorporates alternative experiential therapies including art, music, and equine therapy.

Mental Health Treatment at Sovereign Health Of Florida

The pain caused by mental illness can be as severe as that which comes from any physical malady. Our mission at Sovereign Health of Florida is to provide compassionate care to our patients and provide them with the treatment for mental health that they need to achieve long-lasting recovery. Even after their stay with us our clinicians and mental health professionals continue to monitor our patients to see that healthier thoughts, emotions and behaviors are part of their everyday life.

Sovereign Health of Florida follows The Sovereign Way, a philosophy that recognizes each patient’s unique needs and circumstances by providing personalized treatment plans tailored to his or her specific needs.  Call us at our 24/7 helpline for more information on our mental health inpatient treatment centers and our outpatient treatment centers.

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