Mental Health Treatment

At Refresh Recovery mental health treatment San Diego, we want to welcome you to an atmosphere of delicate care and compassion, with the knowledge and experience that professionals embracing the latest in evidence-based therapy practices.

Mental health refers to 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 of their lives. 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. In the United States and similar countries, major depression is the leading cause of disability. No matter our capacity for resilience as human beings, there is a tipping point and believe support systems, awareness and best practices will strengthen the mental health safety nets. 

Mental Health Disorders

Treating Mental Health at Refresh Recovery

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Mental Health Disorders

The risks factors are complex. They include a combination of biologic and social factors, such as: Family history (both 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 may be co-occurring with other disorders or addictions. The most prevalent ones are:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • anger
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • borderline personality disorder
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • dissociation and dissociative disorders
  • hearing voices
  • eating problems
  • substance use disorders
  • loneliness
  • hypomania and mania
  • hoarding
  • paranoia
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • phobias
  • personality disorders
  • postnatal depression
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • psychosis, schizoaffective disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • self-harm
  • stress
  • suicidal feelings
  • sleep problems
  • trauma and
  • tardive dyskinesia.

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, underdevelopment of community-based supports that can avoid unnecessary emergency care or police engagement, and disparities in access to services. These trends highlight the possibility of addressing these challenges:

Expanded access to coverage

Medicaid expansion in 39 states has extended affordable coverage to millions of Americans. Medicaid is now the leading payer for U.S. mental health care among adults with serious mental illness.

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 substantially strengthened the evidence base supporting the effectiveness of new treatments for mental conditions, as well as for new models for delivering care, such as those provided by Refresh Recovery in San Diego, California.

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

Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders

All aspects of the person, including facial appearance, clothing, grooming and self-care are observed for a proper diagnosis, as well as the person’s composure and distractibility during the interview. 

The patient’s posture and level of activity may give clues about their mood, for instance psychomotor retardation in depression. 

Some disorders and side effects are also associated with particular movement disorders, e.g. tremor and bradykinesia (unusually slow movement) with Parkinson’s disease or the extrapyramidal side-effects of antipsychotic medication. 

Specific movement patterns such as echopraxia (involuntary imitation of the movements of others) may indicate catatonia. 

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 rate of speech 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 in mania the speech may be impossible to redirect the person from their topic of choice. 

The form of speech may indicate a disorder of thought form. In persons who have a neurological or specific speech disorder (e.g. stuttering) this may not be the case. 

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 thought occurs in depression, dementia or schizophrenia. The rate of thought is affected in a similar manner to the rate of speech for the most part: many people with mania have pressure of thought and some people with depression have bradyphrenia (slowed thought stream). 

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

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

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

Hallucinations (a perception in the absence of sensory stimulus) may affect any sense (auditory, tactile, olfactory, visual and gustatory). The most common type of hallucination in mental illness is auditory. 

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

Illusions are similar to hallucinations, but involving misperception of a real stimulus.  

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

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

Mental Health Treatment in San Diego at Refresh Recovery

Refresh Recovery’s staff has a solid core of knowledge in the fields of counseling, case management, prevention, administration and other areas in addictions and mental health treatment. Our 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 advice you, and fight your corner.  We will show that the combination of contacts with nature and a professional rehab program can reduce feelings of social isolation and are effective in getting back your mental health.

We want to inspire our clients to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection has for their mental health. Our privileged location in 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. It is only in the last 4 or 5 generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that we have realized its extraordinary health benefits.

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