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.
Evidence-based treatments mark our mental health, addiction and other programs.
All our locations treat addiction and dual diagnosis, while some offer additional specialized programs.
We offer adults and adolescents residential, outpatient and other levels of care.
A multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best care for every diagnosis.
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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
- Muscle aches
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)
- 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
- Blunted emotions
- Decreased personal hygiene