Mental health disorders are conditions that affect the way people think, feel, and act. Though they may vary in severity, they often have profound impacts on a person’s sense of well-being, ability to function, and capacity to relate to others.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that mental health disorders may result from a mix of biological and environmental factors, including stressful life events, trauma, and differences in brain structure. Even though mental health disorders are treatable and relatively common health conditions, many people do not receive the treatment they need to live their fullest lives.
Maple Heights Behavioral Health, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has a mission to provide exceptional and compassionate care for people who are struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. We’re pleased to offer excellent inpatient treatment for adults and seniors who have mental health disorders.
Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
Each person who suffers from a mental health disorder experiences a unique set of symptoms. However, it can be helpful to be aware of some of the common mental health disorder signs and symptoms someone might experience. These include:
- Intense fear or worry
- Lack of energy
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Sense of hopelessness
- Feeling intensely angry or irritable
- Feelings of restlessness
- Physical aches and pains
- Struggling with self-care
- Withdrawing from loved ones or activities
- Difficulty concentrating
If you are experiencing mental health disorder symptoms that are causing distress or disrupting your life, it may be important to seek care at a qualified treatment place. Receiving professional support can help you learn to manage your symptoms and live a healthier and more rewarding life.
Mental Health Disorder Statistics
Mental health disorders, which are sometimes referred to as mental illnesses or mental health concerns, can affect people across the lifespan, though they frequently develop earlier in life. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 75% of all mental illnesses develop by age 24.
APA also reports:
- Slightly less than 1 in 5 U.S. adults struggle with a mental illness each year.
- Around 1 in 24 U.S. adults suffer from a serious mental illness each year.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares the following statistics on the impacts of mental health disorder symptoms in the U.S.:
- An estimated 11.7% of adults age 18 and older experience regular feelings of worry, anxiety, or nervousness.
- An estimated 4.8% of adults age 18 and older struggle with regular feelings of depression.
Effects of Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders can drastically affect how people move through the world, including how they interact with others, handle stress and adversity, and make daily decisions.
Without effective treatment, someone who is living with a mental health concern may experience a variety of negative outcomes, including:
- Lower quality of life
- Relationship conflict
- Social isolation
- Poor performance at work or school
- Avoidance of situations that cause fear or distress
- Substance abuse or addiction
- An increase in physical health problems
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
If you are currently living with a mental health disorder, the idea of seeking treatment may feel daunting. But by getting professional care, you can begin to heal from your past struggles and lay the groundwork for a healthier future.
The Benefits of Mental Health Disorder Treatment
Making the decision to seek mental health treatment can be a monumental step that can lead to life-changing benefits.
The benefits of participating in programming at a mental health treatment center can include:
- Receiving expert support that can help you reduce any shame or isolation you may be feeling
- Learning coping skills that can help you overcome future challenges
- Gaining tools that can help you reduce stress and improve functioning
- Learning more about the disorder you are struggling with, including strategies for symptom management
Additionally, receiving care at an inpatient mental health treatment center can help someone who is suffering from severe symptoms to stabilize, regain a sense of safety, and create a plan for ongoing healing.
Therapies Used to Treat Mental Health Disorders
Everyone’s mental health treatment needs are unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. For this reason, effective treatment usually looks different for each person.
At Maple Heights Behavioral Health, we create an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on a comprehensive assessment of their needs. A person’s mental health treatment plan might include:
- Elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Individual and family therapies
- Goal setting groups, process groups, and recreational therapy groups
- Medication management services
- Basic medical care
Why Choose Our Mental Health Disorder Treatment Center
Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Maple Heights Behavioral Health strives to provide an empowering environment for positive change to occur. We believe that healing is possible, and we encourage patients to play a leading role in their treatment journeys.
Our multidisciplinary staff, which includes psychiatrists, social workers, registered nurses, and behavioral health technicians, helps to drive quality care. We involve a diverse team of professionals in the discharge planning process and seek input from the patient as well.
Healing from and managing the effects of a mental health disorder can be challenging. But with the right level of personalized care, you can begin building a healthier and happier future.
To find out whether our mental health disorder treatment center may be right for you, contact our admissions team anytime, 24/7, to receive an assessment. Our caring staff is ready to assist you.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Maple Heights Behavioral Health.