Even though mental health disorders form in the mind, they can impact other bodily functions and organs. Daily life can feel challenging to carry out routine tasks.
As substance use disorders (SUD) impair people from all backgrounds, so does mental illness. TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health provides individualized services to develop coping skills and strategies to manage symptoms. We aim to put you on track to a better quality of life.
What is a Mental Health Disorder?
Mental health disorders are psychiatric conditions that affect a person’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall mental well-being. People with mental health disorders experience thinking, mood, and behavior disturbances. They feel a sense of distress, which can impair their ability to function in daily life and impact their overall quality of life.
Signs of a Mental Health Disorder?
The signs of mental illness vary depending on the specific disorder. Also, a person’s preexisting medical status and underlying health conditions impact how mental illness will present itself in each person.
Mental health conditions may manifest differently; not everyone displays the same symptoms. However, some common signs of mental illness include the following:
- Changes in mood, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, anger, or mood swings that are not typical for an individual
- Anxiety and excessive worry leads to physical symptoms of rapid heartbeat, changes in blood pressure, or sweating
- Avoiding social interactions and activities while isolating yourself from people and settings you once found enjoyable
- Insomnia and difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Noticeable weight loss or gain
- Trouble concentrating, inability to make decisions, focus, or remember routine information, along with difficulty organizing thoughts
- Hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there
- Unexplainable headaches, stomach aches, and other pain that doesn’t correlate to a medical issue
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Resorting to substance abuse to cope with any of the above symptoms
- Neglecting personal hygiene or appearance
Mental Health Disorders We Treat
Acute Stress Disorder
Acute stress disorder is typically short-lived and lasts about a month. Individuals have an intense and dysfunctional response to a traumatic event. 5-20% of people who experience trauma have a bout of acute stress disorder.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a brain development condition. It impacts how a person pays attention, control their impulses, and how active they are. Approximately 10 million adults have ADHD. It usually starts in childhood and can continue into adulthood. People with ADHD have trouble staying focused, keeping still, and controlling their actions.
Anxiety is a mental health disorder associated with excessive fear and worry. This mental disorder can lead to physical symptoms, including sweating, headaches, and rapid heart rate.
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Avoidant personality disorder causes individuals to internalize the actions of others as a personal attack against their character. The fear of rejection and aloneness can make daily life difficult.
The most telling characteristic of bipolar disorder is the individual’s extreme mood swings. These mood swings include racing thoughts, hyperactivity, and excessive energy. Many individuals also tend to have bouts of depression, where they feel a sense of hopelessness and despair. Often, these episodes can last for days or even weeks.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) causes pervasive instability in social relationships, self-image, and mood. BPD can also cause individuals to risk impulsive actions without fear of harm or consequence. Individuals with BPD may also struggle with anger management and engage in self-harm or suicidal behavior and feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.
Dependent Personality Disorder
Dependent personality disorder is a need to be surrounded by others. This brings the individual comfort. However, it is less about the companionship of others and more about others validating their presence.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the most common type of depression. The symptoms include feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable, changes in eating habits, disruptive sleep patterns, and trouble concentrating, even on routine tasks.
Psychotic disorder is a term to explain a set of mental illnesses. Individuals with a psychotic disorder experience episodes of psychosis. That’s when they become disconnected from reality. Changes occur in thinking, emotions, and behavior. Perception is also affected, and distinguishing between reality and the tricks the mind plays is as well.
Constantly thinking about gambling activities, planning future gambling sessions, or reliving past gambling experiences are signs of gambling disorders. Increased amounts of money to feel the rush of winning and restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop also occurs.
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Histrionic personality disorder is the need to be praised and complimented consistently. Even if the person hasn’t done anything remarkable, they feel empowered by recognition.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is similar to histrionic personality disorder in that the need for praise is constant. However, narcissistic individuals brag about themselves to others to the point of obsession. Regardless of how big or small an accomplishment, task, or deed they complete, they will share with others.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is a fixation on self-perfection. This can result in obsessing over physical appearance, a rigid or stubborn personality when working with others, and preoccupation with self-control and perception.
Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is when individuals have obsessive thinking patterns, including unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that make them anxious or distressed. Other examples of OCD can include fear of contamination, doubts about completing a task, or thoughts of aggression. Individuals with OCD often have significant difficulty pushing away or ignoring these thoughts.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that presents as recurring or unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks can happen to individuals with other mental disorders. The difference with panic disorder is that panic attacks occur frequently and come with behavioral changes. Those changes can include trouble breathing, racing heart, trembling, and feelings of terror.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when one has been exposed to traumatic events, such as war, natural disasters, sexual and physical abuse, or accidents. Symptoms include recurring memories of the traumatic event or experience, mood changes, and constant anxiety. Approximately 13 million people in the U.S. have PTSD.
Relational trauma occurs when a family member of someone close to an individual inflicts trauma. Relational trauma is common in children as well as adults in abusive relationships.
Sex addiction is the uncontrollable fixation on sexual thoughts, fantasies, and behaviors. Mainstream media suggests that those with a sexual addiction constantly have sex with as many people as possible. But it isn’t limited to that. Sex addiction can also include prostitution, watching pornography, masturbation, and nonconsensual observation of sexual activity.
Importance of Treating Mental Illness
Mental health disorders are typically not diagnosed in isolation. Substance use disorders (SUD) are the most common conditions associated with mental illness. Effective treatment can significantly improve your overall quality of life. It allows you to manage your symptoms better, cope with challenges, and engage more fully in daily activities and relationships.
Treatment for mental health disorders includes a range of psychotherapy approaches. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and holistic therapies are among the psychodynamic therapy we find most effective. For individuals with co-occurring disorders, medication might be necessary.
Get the Help You Deserve
We provide best-in-class quality mental health disorder recovery. TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health believes in restoring the heart and mind through individualized approaches. We align therapy with our specialties to provide supportive connections, community engagement, and our love values. We foster an environment where every individual can find their authentic self.
If you’re ready to learn ways to manage your mental health symptoms, we can’t wait to show you the ropes to lasting recovery. Join us at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health in Nashville.