Mental Health

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. Some of the common areas that we treat include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and Co-occurring disorders. At our Mission Hospital Laguna Beach campus, we provide a wide variety of services to help people develop and maintain good mental health. We utilize both traditional and alternative treatments.


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

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.

Co-occurring Disorder

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.