Mental Health

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What is mental health?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

What defines a mental disorder?

How common is mental illness?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 25% of American adults (age 18 or older) are diagnosed with a mental disorder each year. One of the most common forms of mental illness, depression, is also one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. today.

What defines a mental disorder?
A mental disorder or psychiatric disorder is a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes distress or disability. These disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person perceives, feels or acts - often in a social context.

What causes it? Is mental illness hereditary?
People of any age, race and cultural background can be affected by mental illness. Certain types, however, are found more often in specific groups of people - such as eating disorders in females, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. While some of the most common forms of mental illness have been shown to be genetically linked, an individual’s environment cannot be ruled out as a contributing factor.

Can someone with mental illness be cured?
Ongoing treatment is required for mental illness, but depending on the condition and type of therapy (or combination of therapies) used, effective treatment is often available. At Balance Treatment Center, we strive to help individuals reach their full potential by balancing the four following areas which are key to true recovery and stability: emotional, social, educational and physical. For information on treatment for a specific type of mental illness, see the links below.

What are the warning signs of mental illness?
Depending on the condition, the following general symptoms may suggest a mental disorder: strong feelings of anger, extreme changes in behavior, and suicidal thoughts. Other key symptoms include:

In Adults:
In Adolescents:
  • Defiance of authority (school performance, property damage, etc.)
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Persistent negativity (often accompanied by poor appetite or suicidal thoughts)
In Children:
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Frequently aggressive or disobedient behavior and/or temper tantrums
  • Dramatic changes in performance at school
  • Excessive worry or anxiety (refusing to go to school or bed)
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Can eating habits affect mental health?
At Balance Treatment Center, we know that the benefits of a well-balanced diet include improved mental health as well as physical health. Food plays a significant role in the development, management and prevention of numerous mental health problems, including depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about our approach to healing through nutrition.

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What is the right treatment for mental illness? Is medication always necessary?
While some mental disorders (such as schizophrenia) require the use of medication for effective treatment of the condition, not all do. In addition, symptoms, dosage requirements and side effects vary from person to person. There is no one right answer for mental illness: every individual needs a personal treatment plan that works for them.

What is the first step, if I suspect I or someone I know is suffering from mental illness?
An assessment with a professional is key to revealing issues with one’s well-being- including physical, social, emotional and educational. At Balance Treatment Center, we work closely with our clients to identify needs and create a personal plan for optimal health. To learn more or schedule an assessment, contact us.

Where can I find more information on a particular type of mental illness?
For more information on identifying symptoms, seeking treatment or learning how we can help at Balance Treatment Center, click on any of the links below.