South Jersey Counseling for Mental Health Disorders
Understanding Mental Health Disorders
Our psychological and emotional well-being are what constitutes mental health. Life being what it is, though, we cannot always achieve or maintain equilibrium in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. We may even need counseling to help us identify and resolve the conflicts within ourselves and with other people that prevent us from achieving that well-being and peace of mind.
Understanding mental health disorders is the first step you would want to take if you find yourself with a habitually disordered way of thinking, feeling, handling situations, and relating with others. For many, the knowledge of common mental health disorders can provide some initial relief because they realize they’re not alone in what they suffer. It can help them open up to other people, especially licensed professionals, about their condition. This, ultimately, is the first step in healing.
Below, then, are some mental health disorders that everyone should know about.
Common Mental Health Disorders
Over 300 million people in the world suffer from depression, be it clinical depression or the milder but still chronic form called dysthymia. Most of us can claim some familiarity with the symptoms of this mood disorder, which include:
- Persistent sadness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities that once engaged us
Anxiety, the worry, and fear we experience usually before big events and undertakings have their place in life. However, persistent and disproportionate anxiety should give one cause for concern because it may signify a mental health disorder. Without South Jersey counseling, people with anxiety disorders can find it hard to function from day to day. They may suffer from insomnia, chronic fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic swings from high moods to low. The high moods, or periods of mania, can lead to impulsive, dangerous behavior while the periods of depression can debilitate the sufferer to the point of being unable to rise from bed.
Knowing schizophrenia, which affects some 24 million people globally, is essential to one’s understanding of mental health disorders. Well-known characteristics of schizophrenia include:
Hallucinations and delusions
Inappropriate, excessive movements
Disorganized thoughts and speech
Schizoaffective disorder is a rare condition marked by symptoms of both schizophrenia and mood disorder. The episodes in this disorder will vary in symptoms and length, with some individuals experiencing repeated episodes. Schizoaffective disorder symptoms usually develop when someone is a young adult.
Many researchers have suggested that schizoaffective disorder sits between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia on the continuum. But, schizoaffective disorder should be recognized as its own separate diagnosis despite being similar to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Renewed Light also offers counseling and treatment for schizoaffective disorder.
Trauma refers to the emotional and mental distress that one feels after a life-changing event. Life-changing events include the loss of a loved one, a car accident, military combat, or rape. This undermines a person’s sense of security to such an extent that it can lead to continual anxiety and/or depression. As for symptoms, these could range from flashbacks to emotional dissociation and fatigue.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD combines unhealthy thoughts (obsession) with unhealthy behaviors (compulsions). These thoughts and behaviors recur, though the sufferer does not desire them, and can cause great disruptions in ordinary living.
How Mental Disorders Develop
Understanding how mental health disorders arise can help later on when one receives South Jersey counseling. Normally, the factors are many and can include:
- Genes that predispose one to the disorder
- Emotional and psychological abuse
- Environmental factors
Oftentimes, childhood experiences will influence the likelihood of developing a mental disorder. Physical abuse, neglect, social isolation, poverty: these can take their toll on a person when encountered early on. Equally important, our diet, sleeping habits, and response to the stresses of daily life can, little by little, predispose us to a chronic condition.CALL NOW
How Therapy Can Help
At Renewed Light, we offer counseling services in South Jersey to help address mental health disorders. However, many mental illnesses cannot be cured, but rather symptoms are minimized through ongoing treatment and therapy. We can help individuals come to terms with their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and develop ways to manage them.
Types of Therapy
In individual therapy, the patient speaks one-on-one with a therapist to uncover the roots of his or her disordered thoughts, emotions, and actions. This is done in a private setting so the individual can feel free of fear of judgment.
This involves one or more therapists treating simultaneously a group of individuals with the same disorder. This can aid those with social anxiety disorders and other conditions that keep them from establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.
For disorders that stem from family conflict, one may have the whole family sit down with a therapist to talk over the problems, formulate goals, learn to accept one another’s weaknesses, come to terms with past hurts, and so on.
Some couples in South Jersey get counseling to prepare for marriage, work over the rough patches in their relationship, learn to be responsive to one another’s emotions, and more.
Grief, guilt, regret, anger: these can disrupt a person’s daily life in the wake of bereavement. With the help of counseling, such a person can learn how to share their feelings and grieve in a way that is healthy and accepts the reality of what happened.
Psychotropic medications, such as antidepressants, can relieve the symptoms of a disorder in the short run, but mental health professionals often recommend a combination of medications with therapy.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a brain stimulation treatment that addresses clinical depression. Magnetic pulses stimulate certain regions of the brain that control mood, relieving the symptoms in a non-invasive, drug-free, pain-free manner.
How to Get Therapy
Before you get therapy, your doctor will first rule out any physical causes of your symptoms via a physical, drug screening, and lab tests. Once the doctor rules out physical causes, you will undergo a psychological evaluation. From there, you may be referred to a mental health professional for South Jersey counseling.
Contact Renewed Light Today
Renewed Light can take on anyone in South Jersey for counseling, so contact us today to schedule a consultation and strengthen your understanding of mental health disorders. We can then determine what condition it is you struggle with.CALL NOW