Taking care of our mental health is equally as important as taking care
of our physical health. In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
revealed that 18.1% of all adults in the United States experienced some
sort of mental illness. These estimates pertained to mental, behavioral
and emotional disorders and did not include substance use disorders. At
the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach campus, we provide services to help
people develop and maintain good mental health. Some of the common areas
that we treat include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and Co-occurring disorders.
Although depression is one of the most common mental health disorders and
a very serious mood disorder, those suffering from it can have very positive
results with appropriate treatment. Genetic, biological, environmental,
and/or psychological factors can cause depression in an individual. Some
of the symptoms include sadness, insomnia or hypersomnia, low self-esteem,
poor appetite or overeating, feelings of hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal
thoughts. Depression can be very debilitating and people often find that
their lives are affected in several different areas. Females experience
a higher rate of depression than males starting as early as adolescence.
In combination with psychological treatment, medication can be helpful
in alleviating some of the symptoms and helping people restore their lives
to an active level of functioning.
Also a very common mental health disorder, anxiety often co-exists with
depression. Depending on the situation, a certain amount of anxiety is
normal; it can even be motivational to some degree. However, anxiety too
can be a very debilitating disorder that prevents a person from functioning
well. When anxiety becomes unmanageable, it sometimes results in a panic
attack, which is a surge of anxiety accompanied by multiple physical symptoms
that may actually lead some people to think they are having a heart attack.
There are many approaches to treatment that have been effective with treating
anxiety disorders including complementary methods such as yoga. Once sufficiently
managed, the debilitating part of anxiety is removed and people are able
to function effectively in life.
Bipolar disorder is sometimes referred to as a manic-depressive disorder.
It is a disorder characterized by a significant shift in mood, energy,
and level of activities. Moods range from feeling extremely depressed
to feeling very elevated. Some of the ways in which bipolar disorder affects
an individual are evident in the amount of energy exhibited, sleep pattern
changes, racing thoughts, rate of speech, and choices in life. Medication
- the first line of treatment - and psychotherapy combined can lead to
a very positive outcome and successful functioning in life.
The existence of both a mental health and substance use disorder is referred
to as a co-occurring disorder or dual-diagnosis. For example, someone
who is struggling with chemical dependency may also have depression or
anxiety. When two disorders co-exist, both need to be treated. Approximately
7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in
2014. Assessment of the co-occurring disorder is made at the same time
as the assessment for chemical dependency, and treatment is designed to
address both issues. This increases the likelihood of a successful outcome
and satisfying life.
For more information about Mission Hospital Mental Health and Wellness,
please call (949) 499-7504.