Pacific Grove Hospital is a premier 68-bed treatment center near Riverside & Corona, CA, dedicated to treating people who struggle with mental health disorders.
Understanding Mental Health Disorders
At Pacific Grove Hospital, a premier co-occurring disorder treatment center and clinic near Riverside & Corona, CA, we treat men and women struggling with behavioral health and chemical dependency. We firmly work to empower each person who comes to us as he or she must play the leading role in his or her treatment for co-occurring disorders. Many men and women who come to our clinic trying to live with mental health disorders or chemical dependency issues are facing far more challenges than simply their presenting symptoms. People who are diagnosed with a combination of two or more mental health or substance abuse disorders meet the criteria to enter our co-occurring disorders treatment center. For clients struggling with dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, we offer an integrated approach to treatment that meets the needs of all the diagnosed disorders.
When clients come to our clinic they will undergo a variety of assessment to help determine if they are struggling with more than one type of mental illness or a combination of mental illness and substance abuse. If it is discovered during these examinations that a client has one or more co-occurring disorders in addition to the symptoms of the presenting disorder, we will use this information to create a treatment plan. The treatment plan will be created specifically for each client and will include immediate and ongoing treatment of all disorders in a holistic manner. Treatment options for co-occurring disorders may include detox, medication, and a wide array of therapeutic techniques designed to heal the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.
If you are struggling with depression, the sadness you feel may be so consuming that you’re unable to do much with yourself. Nearly 20 million adults in the United States are living with depression, a mental illness characterized by feelings of sadness and hopelessness that persist far longer than a normal bad day or week. Depression can suck the color out of your world, leaving you feeling isolated and alone, unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks. You may be so overwhelmed with despair that life hardly feels worth living. Suicidal thoughts may flicker through your mind as you desperately search for a way to cope with these devastating emotions. Life doesn’t have to be tainted with depression – with the right treatment strategies, you can learn to lead a happy, productive life once again.
If you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder, you probably know the ways in which the symptoms are impacting your life. Anxiety is a perfectly normally emotion that most people feel from time to time when facing a problem at work or school or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are far different than standard feelings of anxiety – these disorders, including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder, can lead to such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. Coping with an anxiety disorder can be tremendously challenging, leading you to act in ways you normally wouldn’t and preventing you from living your life. Left untreated, anxiety disorders can be crippling and disabling.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder characterized by tremendous changes in mood that range from the deepest lows of depression to the highs of mania. During a manic cycle, people with bipolar disorder may talk very fast, jumping from one topic to another, need little sleep, and are easily distracted. Symptoms of mania may make a person feel invincible, which may cause them to engage in a number of risk-taking behaviors they would otherwise not engage in. On the other end of bipolar disorder, people in a depressive cycle experience an extended period of feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. During the depressive cycle, affected individuals have no interest engaging in the world around them, have problems concentrating, and may even experience thoughts of suicide. Mixed bipolar episodes occur when the symptoms of depression and mania occur at the same time, which can be extremely dangerous.
While it’s normal to occasionally go back to make sure you unplugged the iron or turned off the stove, people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) struggle with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that often become so involved and lengthy that they interfere with daily life. You may spend hours cleaning your house for fear of contamination or avoid interactions with people that may involve shaking hands or touching objects others have touched. You may spend a great deal of time praying or performing specific rituals to ensure a loved one’s safety or to stave off a natural disaster, no matter how unrelated the events may be. Your brain may spend hours every day, a single thought stuck in your mind and repeated over and over. You may realize that most of your day involves performing compulsive acts to counteract the intrusive, obsessions that play on repeat in your mind. Your life may now revolve around these obsessions and compulsions; breaking free seems like an impossibility.
If you engage in self-harm, you’re probably doing it for a number of reasons. Maybe you can’t properly put into words the problems you face or you use it as a means to cope with overwhelming emotions. Maybe you feel emotionally numb inside and pain is, at the very least, a welcome alternative to numbness. Cutting provides you with a release that you don’t know how to get any other way, so you do it in secret, hiding it from all who love you. Maybe your friend turned you onto the idea and you find that you’re addicted to the rush of adrenaline it provides you. The longer you self-harm, though, the more of a burden it becomes. As anything can trigger you to hurt yourself, you may find that you’re engaging in more and more self-injurious behaviors to keep unwanted feelings away. Slowly, perhaps without realizing it, you’re isolating yourself from once-enjoyed activities, the friends you once cherished, and the family who loves you. Life doesn’t have to revolve around cutting – there are other ways to lead your life.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a mental health disorder in which an individual engages in recurrent incidents of violent and aggressive behavior out of proportion to the situation. Men and women with this disorder may lash out and attack others, causing bodily harm or property damage. Following an explosive episode, a person may experience feelings of guilt, embarrassment, and regret about their actions.
Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that requires lifelong care and treatment to control symptoms in order to allow you to live a normal, productive life. If you have schizophrenia, you may see or hear things that other people cannot. The voices in your head may tell you to do certain things or say mean things about other people that makes you distrust them. These voices feel very real to you, even though other people cannot hear them. You may have trouble in your relationships as you lose the ability to relate to others and going to work and school may become an impossibility. Your thoughts may be disorganized and your behavior may seem bizarre to others around you. Schizophrenia, while a common and chronic condition, doesn’t have to define your life anymore. With proper treatment, therapies, and ongoing support, you can learn the skills needed to live the life you want.
Suicide, the act of taking one’s own life, is a terrible reaction to stressful life situations. What makes suicide so tragic is that it can be prevented. If you are considering suicide or know of someone that feels suicidal, reach out for immediate help and treatment because you might just save a life – your own or someone else’s.