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Mental Health Treatment

At Refresh Recovery mental health treatment San Diego, we want to welcome you to an atmosphere of tender care and compassion.

With knowledge and experience, professionals embrace the latest evidence-based therapy practices.

Mental health is how a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact their overall social functioning and health.

More than 20% of the population will experience a mental health problem at some point. Millions of people are already struggling as you read this.

Mental disorders are a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to a recent study commissioned by the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States and similar countries. No matter our capacity for resilience as human beings, there is a tipping point, and I believe support systems, awareness, and best practices will strengthen mental health safety nets. 

Mental Health Disorders

Treating Mental Health at Refresh Recovery

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Mental Health Disorders

Mental health risk factors are complex. They include biological and social factors, such as family history (genetic and shared environmental factors), Social factors (socioeconomic status, race, social network, education), and mental health conditions.

Mental illnesses contribute to a substantial part of the disability of the general population and maybe co-occur with other disorders or addictions. The most prevalent ones are:

Mental Health in the United States

The U.S. mental health system has reached a moment when a historic transformation to address persistent problems seems at reach. These problems include high levels of unmet need for care, underdeveloped community-based supports that can avoid unnecessary emergency care or police engagement, and disparities in service access. These trends highlight the possibility of addressing these challenges:

Equitable mental health coverage

Mental health parity, the once-controversial idea that mental health benefits should equal other medical benefits, is becoming a priority.

New evidence-based treatments

Recent research has strengthened the evidence base supporting the effectiveness of new treatments for mental conditions and new models for delivering care, such as those provided by Refresh Recovery in San Diego, California. Medication-assisted treatment and nutrients such as NAD have been shown to complement the recovery process and overall well-being of those undergoing treatment for substance use disorder.

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How to know if you’re suffering from mental health disorders

Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders

Substance use disorders are common coping mechanisms for mental health symptoms. At Refresh Recovery, mental health treatment centers in San Diego offer attention to co-occurring, including alcohol abuse, heroin, and benzodiazepines, among other drugs and substances.

Our posture and activity level may give clues about our mood, for instance, psychomotor slowing down in depression.

Some mental health disorders and side effects are also associated with particular movement disorders, e.g., tremors and bradykinesia (prolonged movement) or the extrapyramidal side effects of antipsychotic medication. 

Some people with depression or the negative symptoms of schizophrenia display little or no spontaneity of speech, and a lack may also be observable in catatonia. 

The volume of voice and speech rate may be raised in anxiety, mania, or anger and lowered in depression. Similarly, these conditions may affect the quantity of speech. 

The flow of speech may also be affected; for instance, the address may be impossible to redirect the person from their topic of choice in mania. 

The form of speech may indicate a disorder of thought form. This may not be the case in persons with a neurological or specific speech disorder (e.g., stuttering).

The overarching and characteristic themes of the person’s conversation, including the positivity or negativity of such topics, the normality of content, and any evident preoccupations, are noteworthy.

A person may have a predominantly elevated mood and a highly reactive and labile affect, veering rapidly from enthusiasm to anxiety to irritability to laughter.

If the person’s mood appears depressed, questions probing suicidal ideation should be asked.

Thought can be inferred from observing speech and behavior. Its quantity should be noted: poverty of thinking occurs in depression, dementia, or schizophrenia. The rate of thought is affected similarly to the speed of speech for the most part: many people with mania have the tension of thinking, and some people with depression have bradyphrenia (slowed thought stream).

The form of thought may indicate specific problems. Several types of thought disorders, such as tangentiality, derailment, and neologisms, are signs of psychosis. Clanging or punning associations often show mania, thought blocking, and echolalia (automatic repetition of another’s words) may reveal the presence of catatonia. Thought disorder (“word salad”) may be so severe that no sense can be made of the conversation.

The content of thought may include delusional thinking: a fixed false belief that is not normal for the person’s background. The delusion’s nature and conviction degree are vital in determining risk.

Continued suicidal and homicidal ideas and the presence and nature of any obsessions are also considered in thought content.

Hallucinations (perception without sensory stimulus) may affect any sense (auditory, tactile, olfactory, visual, and gustatory). The most common type of hallucination in mental illness is acoustic.

It is crucial to enquire about command hallucinations, where individuals hear and sometimes obey voices that command them to perform certain acts – significantly if that may influence them to engage in dangerous behavior.

Illusions are similar to hallucinations but involve misperception of an actual stimulus.

Depersonalization and derealization are odd experiences where the person feels as though they or the world around them are unreal. Both are often associated with anxiety.

Mental Health Treatment in San Diego at Refresh Recovery

Refresh Recovery‘s staff has a solid core of knowledge in counseling, case management, prevention, administration, and other areas in addictions and mental health treatment. Our dual diagnosis San Diego programs are designed to develop the broad-based competencies necessary to address the many challenges presented by Covid-19 and post-Covid era complex addictions and mental health treatment challenges.

We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. At Refresh Treatment, we will support and advise you and fight your corner. We will show that combining contact with nature and a professional rehab program can reduce feelings of social isolation and improve your mental health.

We want to inspire our clients to connect with nature in new ways, noticing this connection’s impact on their mental health. Our beautiful location on the San Diego, California coast will make that easier.

Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health. We love to share our San Diego surroundings as a part of the recovery process in mental health. In the last 4 or 5 generations, many have lived and worked in a context primarily separated from nature. It is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster than we realized its extraordinary health benefits.

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