How to Treat a Mental Illness
Living with a mental illness can be overwhelming. Whether you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or another mental health condition, the symptoms often interfere with daily life. Simple necessities, like socializing or sleeping, can seem impossible, leading to feelings of loneliness and despair.
But it isn’t hopeless. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take toward treating – and overcoming – a mental illness.
There are a lot of myths surrounding mental illness. People with mental health issues aren’t flawed or “crazy,” and they’re certainly not uncommon. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 American adults lives with a mental illness. But unfortunately, the shame of stigmatizing stereotypes often prevents people from seeking out the help they need.
It’s important to view mental illness as you would a physical ailment: it’s not something you can just “snap out of” by changing your mindset. And the longer you go without treatment, the worse you may feel. The good news is, with proper diagnosis and care, most people suffering with a mental illness recover and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.
Seek out help.
It’s important to understand that there’s no “one size fits all” treatment plan. There are many different types and manifestations of mental illness. Signs and symptoms may vary from person to person, and what alleviates symptoms for one person may not work for another.
That’s why the most crucial step you can take in treating mental illness is selecting a qualified, experienced team of experts who can help determine the right plan for your recovery. Affinity Treatment Centers employs an array of medical professionals and therapists who provide careful diagnosis and balanced, individualized treatment programs. We customize each patient’s care, using a combination of individual psychotherapy, group sessions, medication management, and education. At Affinity, treatment is never “one size fits all.”
Stay the course.
Healing from a mental illness can take time. Sometimes, it takes a while for doctors and therapists to pinpoint an effective form of treatment; finding the right combination of medication and therapy for each person can be a delicate balancing act. Individual patient needs can also change over time, and in some forms of mental illness, episode recurrences are quite common. Furthermore, learning to live with new habits and systems for managing a mental health condition can often be a challenge.
To ensure a successful recovery, it is of the utmost importance to stick with the treatment plan designed by your caregivers. But sometimes, this is easier said than done. Distractions and temptations abound, and it can be hard to integrate new routines into your existing life. A residential setting can provide a stable, nurturing environment while you make this transition.
The elegant living facilities at Affinity Treatment Centers offer much-needed structure and guidance for those who need extra support on the road to recovery from mental illness. With both short-term and long-term solutions, we focus on helping our patients achieve their goals of independent living. And our small client-to-staff ratio enables us to give one-on-one assistance when it’s most needed, 24 hours a day.
Embrace the future.
Millions of Americans have triumphed over the challenges of mental illness to live rich, fulfilling lives. Finding the right care provider – and the right treatment facility – is the first step toward reclaiming your future.
If you’re struggling with mental illness, or you know someone who is, contact Affinity Treatment Centers at (760) 917-1112. Our staff members are ready to help support you on your individual path to wellness.