Mental health is the most prevalent healthcare issue in the US. Almost every fifth adult experiences mental health disorder at some point of time in his/her life. Main mental health issues are Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, Stress disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder and etc. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health data — 2014 says that 43.8 million adults experienced some kind of mental illness in the last year, or approximate 18.1% of the adult population.
There is no universal treatment approach for mental health disorders, every case is unique, and so is the treatment in every case.
A serious mental disorder is experienced by almost every fifth youth aged between 13 and 18 years. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
1.1% of adult population in the US live with the schizophrenia, 2.6% of adult population in the US live with bipolar disorder. Close to 16 million people in the US experienced minimum one major depressive event in the past year. More than a million adults in the US who have substance abuse problem also have a co-occurring mental illness.
There are several mental health treatment centers that provide personalized treatment and keep your identity confidential. There are multiple treatment modules for mental health disorders like Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Medication and more. After proper diagnosis of your condition, mental health professionals decide the best treatment module or mix of modules for you.
Mental Illness Diagnosis
When a person experiences some mental health problems or change in his/her behavior. Then, he/she is recommended to visit a mental health professional (or psychologist/psychiatrist depending on the severity of his behavior) for mental health diagnosis. There are several diagnosis techniques like interview, questionnaire, interaction and etc through which the mental problems of a patient are determined based on his/her responses.
Mental Health Treatment
There is not a particular treatment method for mental illness. Treatment method depends on the problem and personality of the patient. Followings are the methods of treatment:
Therapeutic treatment of mental illness is known as psychotherapy. It is provided by mental health professionals. Mental health professionals comprehends a person’s thoughts, behaviors, feelings through discussions and interviews. It is one of the most effective treatment method.
Mental health professionals prescribe anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs depending on the illness of the patient. Patient who suffer from depression are prescribed anti-depressant drugs and patient who suffer from anxiety are prescribed anti-anxiety drugs.
Case management is an effective method of treatment. Case management coordinates services for the patient with the help of a case manager. A case manager assist in implementing the best suitable methods to support recovery.
Hospital or Residential Treatment
Sometimes mental illness turns so severe that one has to get hospitalized or get into a residential treatment program. Usually patient with severe mental problems get into psychiatric hospital or psychiatric ward of hospital. It is recommended when people harm themselves or think suicidal.
Residential treatment program is also a good option as people with severe mental health issue are monitored 24*7 by mental health professionals and support staff. Intense outpatient program and Partial hospitalization program are two more effective options.