Here we offer insight around various mental health conditions, their effects, and treatment options for each.
At Lighthouse, we understand that all mental health issues can be addressed and that a happy, productive life is achievable.
That feeling of a looming danger – as though something bad is about to happen – can be crippling and overpowering. But while many of us might feel unease or apprehension when foreshadowing future events, individuals suffering from anxiety might be completely incapacitated by their fear. Characterized by a severe feeling of unease, worry, or fear, anxiety disorder can interfere with occupational and social activities.
Today, it’s estimated that 40 million adults in the United States deal with anxiety disorder. And while the numbers might be overwhelming, there are effective treatments that can help individuals move beyond their anxiety to function in their daily lives without worry and apprehension.
Roughly 2.8% of the US adult population suffers from bipolar disorder – a mental health condition affecting a person’s mood. The condition gets its name from the two distinct phases – or poles – that distinguishes it from other similar conditions. Cycling between a manic episode and a depressive episode, bipolar disorder produces stark shifts in mood that can make it difficult for a person to perform everyday tasks.
Causing serious impairment in a person’s functionality, work, and socialization, bipolar disorder requires prompt treatment. This is especially true if the individual poses a threat to him or herself, or to those around them.
Also called clinical depression or depressive disorder, depression is a mood disorder that affects some 264 million people around the globe. As the leading cause of disability worldwide, depression is a persistent feeling of sadness, emptiness, or loneliness that affects both occupational and social functioning.
But unlike the typical sadness that people feel, depression makes it almost impossible to find motivation to perform everyday tasks. Stripping individuals of the willpower to bathe, eat, sleep, work, or even just talk, depression also comes with a feeling of meaninglessness which may cause a person to question the purpose and worth of their life altogether.
Grief and Loss
In the medical setting, grief is defined as the emotional reaction to various types of loss, which can occur in many different ways. For instance, losing a job and losing a loved one might trigger the same grief response. And while it’s absolutely normal for individuals to experience this emotional distress, there are some cases when grief might become problematic for a person’s health.
When allowed to persist without resolve, grief can become one of many different mental health disorders. And that’s why it’s important to recognize when an emotional reaction to a loss or trauma can still be considered healthy, and when it’s time to seek help and support.
Those feelings of embarrassment and humiliation are a part of the shame experience. And realistically, everyone has experienced shame once or twice – some more than others. But then again, shame isn’t necessarily a good thing.
At its core, shame is defined as the feeling of being bad or wrong. It’s a direct injury to a person’s ego and can stem from an internal source or be caused by an external factor. And while many of us will feel shame at some point in our lives, there are others who are controlled by their shame, paving the way to a variety of mental health problems.
Affecting children and persisting into the adult years, spectrum disorders can significantly impair a child’s ability to engage in society and perform everyday functions. Known to exist in varying levels of severity, spectrum disorders are named such because of the way they can manifest differently from child to child.
The most common spectrum disorder today is autism spectrum disorder or ASD which occurs at a rate of 1 in every 160 children globally. And although some individuals might experience the symptoms of ASD more profoundly, modern day research has made it possible for medical experts to provide patients with effective therapy that can help them cope more efficiently for independent living.
Defined as an incident or event that overwhelms and sometimes impairs an individual’s ability to think, act, and perform everyday tasks, trauma can cause lasting psychological and emotional distress. And although we all experience trauma at some point in our lives, instances where the overwhelming feelings aren’t resolved can lead to further mental health complications down the line.
Unresolved trauma can become many different conditions, like depression, bipolar disorder, or even schizophrenia, to name a few. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options and methods that have been found to successfully address trauma, allowing individuals to function without the constant feelings of distress and hopelessness.