Understanding Mental Health Disorders and Various Treatment Options

Posted on: August 16, 2018

Be informed on mental health disorders so that you can understand how they work, what they are and how they are treated. 

Around one in four people according to the World Health Organization (WHO), or 450 million people worldwide, currently, have a mental health disorder. These numbers continue to climb higher, making treatment all the more important. 

What is a mental health disorder?

A mental health disorder is any condition that affects the mental state of a person. These disorders can change the mood, behavior or thought processes of the person. The symptoms of each disorder vary depending on the person and the specific disorder. Even those with the same diagnosis may experience the condition differently. Only a licensed physician can diagnose and treat any mental illnesses that a patient may have.

Types of mental health disorders or conditions

There are hundreds of mental health illnesses that are diagnosed every day.  These are just some of the conditions, though there are many others.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Autism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • ADHD
  • Eating disorders

The cause of mental illnesses

While there is no one reason or specific cause of most of these illnesses, it is thought that these conditions are a result of a variety of factors. These factors influence whether a person will have the condition or not. Genetics, environmental factors, stress, hormonal imbalance, situations or events and lifestyle influences all play a role in the outcome of mental health illnesses. There may not be a straight answer for every person as to why they have the illness that they have. Seeking help for the condition is the first and best thing that can be done to correct the issue.

Treatment options

For those that have a mental illness, there are treatment options available. Controlling symptoms, feeling more comfortable with the diagnosis, and understanding why it is happening are all goals. With a physician that specializes in the specific mental disorder, a patient can find the help needed to balance out the issues that they are faced with.

Every condition will have a different treatment plan and approach. Medications, therapy sessions, alternative medicine, outside centers and other types of treatments may be recommended.

Mental health disorders are common, and so is the need to seek help.

There are many treatment plans available for those that have a mental health condition. They are not alone in this journey in finding help. We are trained and knowledgeable about these conditions and can provide the best care possible to those that seek our help. 

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a mental health issue, we invite you to visit our office for help. This is the first step in reaching a better state of mind, regaining your peace and finding joy in life. We assure you that taking this step is worth it. Even though treatment may be ongoing, it is possible to live a full and healthy life with the right medical care. 

Call (631) 229-4227 today to reach Evolve Psychiatry.