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Overcoming a Misdiagnosis

Posted on: April 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Overcoming A Misdiagnosis

Mental health is a complex and intricate world that is still not fully understood. Although there has been plenty of progress in the field of mental health treatment, it is still possible for people to be misdiagnosed and be given the wrong kind of treatment for years. This can often occur with disorders that share symptoms with others, leading psychiatrists to make inaccurate assessments of the person’s illness.

Finding out that you have been misdiagnosed can be devastating and completely change your view of yourself and your understanding of your mental health. Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial for anyone to be able to manage their illness and a misdiagnosis can lead to increased symptoms and even be dangerous for the person’s well-being. Learning about your misdiagnosis can be a shocking discovery but it can also be a new starting point for finally improving your mental health.

Someone who is misdiagnosed may have been taking the wrong type of medication or been given inaccurate assessments of their mental state. Even though a diagnosis is simply a label it can inform the way that a person understands their own behavior and how to resolve their problems. Only with a proper diagnosis can they start to resolve some of their symptoms and move forward to living a healthier life.

If you receive a new diagnosis it can be a good time to go back into therapy and start to develop a better understanding of what your condition really is. You will need to relearn how to cope with it and gain a different perspective on your particular issues. It can be challenging to bounce back form a misdiagnosis, but ultimately it can be positive for your recovery.

When you are diagnosed with a condition it is a good idea to get a second opinion from other psychiatrists to ensure that you have not been misdiagnosed.

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

Posted on: April 10th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

What words come to mind when you think about mental health treatment? Medication, maybe. Therapy of all kinds: CBT, DBT, existential, behavioral.

All of these have something in common. They’re prescribed or facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. However, the final piece of the puzzle is something that everyone can implement on their own: self-care.

Self-care is crucial for mental health, and is highly recommended even for those who are doing okay. Without self-care, all other treatments are fighting an uphill battle. Yes, they work. But their effectiveness is tempered by self-neglect.

Why is self-care so important for mental health? Let’s start by defining exactly what we’re referring to when we speak of self-care.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care refers to anything you do to improve your wellbeing and happiness. This can include anything from regular exercise to the occasional bubble bath.

Usually, we speak of it in the context of doing things for yourself that, technically, don’t need to be done. You don’t need a massage. You don’t need to listen to relaxing music or go out to the movies. Doing these things therefore epitomizes self-care. Some would consider it indulgent, as it isn’t technically productive time. But it does something of far greater value than most of what we consider productive activity.

Why Does Self-Care Impact Mental Health?

Some forms of self-care are intuitively helpful for mental health. Exercise, eating well, and sleeping well, all affect our physical health as well as giving us energy to do what needs to be done every day.

But how do hobbies, baths, and the like make a difference to mental health? There are 3 main reasons.

A Sense of Security

When it comes down to it, anxiety is a product of feeling unsafe in one way or another. It differs from fear in that it is not an urgent, life threatening sense of danger we’re worried about. Rather, anxiety relates to the things that keep our world as we know it in order.

Unfortunately, the solution to the problems excessive anxiety causes us cannot be to fix everything in our lives and keep everything in control. That’s impossible, especially because it’s not really up to us most of the time.

Therapy helps us learn to manage the anxiety, but self-care has its own important place. Self-care, quite simply, makes us feel cared for. When we know we’re cared for, we feel a sense of security. That sense of security reduces the potency of the anxiety. Yes, the triggers remain, but you will feel like a more robust person, ready to deal with them.

Because You’re Worth It

One common factor in most mental illnesses is a shaky sense of self. You’re questioning who you are and, more urgently, whether you matter at all. You may not have received the unconditional love of a parent, or maybe you interpreted their care as coming at a steep price.

Whatever the reason is, you need to develop your sense of self in order to truly heal. Self-care is a perfect start. Your mind may shred all evidence that others find you worthwhile, but actions can be potent regardless. Taking care of yourself is a practical demonstration of your own self-worth. In a way, it’s as if you’re “faking it til you make it”.

Yourself And Others

In case you feel that self-care is, in fact, selfish, here’s the good news. Without caring for yourself, you’re not going to be able to care for others. As RuPaul puts it:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

In other words, you’re the person you spend most of your time with. You’re the person who experiences your own attitudes and actions. If you’re not caring for yourself, you’re neglecting your caring skills altogether. Conversely, if you are giving yourself love and care, you build your caring skills and naturally start relating to others with more compassion and empathy.

Hopefully, you can see the importance of self-care for mental health. So, what can you do to care for yourself?

Self-Care Tips

The following are some of the tenets of good self-care:

  • Do things you enjoy. We tend to see hobbies as self-indulgent or a waste of time. After all, they don’t make us money and can take up a lot of time. But hobbies are often the very things that give us the sense of fulfillment we crave. Committing to do things you enjoy is the ultimate expression of self-care.
  • Be a pleasure connoisseur. Pleasure is also something seen as selfish or unnecessary. But pleasure is what gives life its glow, making us feel good and giving us energy to pursue our goals. However, if you indulge in pleasure mindlessly, you miss much of the experience and can end up doing unhealthy things. Rather, be a pleasure connoisseur, paying attention to the things you like and why you like them. Quality, in this case, is better than quantity.
  • See friends. Not everyone loves socializing all the time. But we all need it to some extent. If you’re not much of an extrovert, see friends in a one-on-one context. If you do love crowds, don’t feel guilty about taking a night off to go to a party or gathering.
  • Go home. Work is a hugely important part of our lives. And we treat it that way. It takes up much of our mindspace, as well as eight hours of every weekday. However, it is important to give yourself a break when you can. If you find yourself staying late at work when you don’t have to, or working on weekends, it is time to go home. Work may give you satisfaction and fulfillment, and at the least it gives you financial security, but we all need time away from it.

Self-care is incredibly important to mental health. By focusing on self-care, you make yourself less vulnerable to mental illness, and make recovery that much smoother.

Depression in Retirement

Posted on: March 16th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Depression in Retirement

Most people look forward to retirement as a time to relax and spend time with family. However, depression can become an unexpected problem for people in retirement because of the sudden change to their routine. In many cases people experience a sense of purpose and value in working everyday and suddenly quitting can have a dramatic effect on their mental state.

Having a fulfilling career allows people to meet their drive to achieve something and be a provider for their family. When their career ends through retirement they may lose their sense of accomplishment that they were able to get out of working. They might feel a sense of loss, sadness, fear about their new lifestyle and confusion about who they are.

People that experience depression after retiring can cope with those feelings by finding new hobbies and activities that give them a sense of purpose and achievement. They can become active in the community by volunteering or spend more time with family. If they view retirement as an opportunity to do things they never had time for such as traveling or learning a musical instrument it can be a more positive experience.

The most important thing to do in retirement is to create a schedule for yourself so that your days don’t feel empty. An unstructured day can lead to boredom and depression so creating your own new routine can prevent you from feeling lost. Schedule time to exercise, do work around the house, visit friends and family or other activities that you want to do.

Retirement can be a major change but making the transition can be easier if you find a new purpose and create a routine. If feelings of depression persist it may be helpful to talk to a therapist and work out some of your issues surrounding retirement.

When Depression Hurts Your Relationship

Posted on: February 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

When Depression Hurts Your Relationship

For people suffering from depression it is not only an emotional problem but it also affects their personal life and the way that they function. It is an illness that affects all aspects of a person’s existence including their relationships. Romantic connections can sometimes suffer if a partner is not able to manage their depression effectively.

Depression is a mental health issue that causes distortions in a person’s thinking and perception of themselves and others. They can see things in a much more negative light than what is really true and real. Someone with depression may develop negative beliefs about their relationship that don’t reflect reality but can lead to issues of mistrust and distance.

One of the biggest issues that can come up with depression is self-doubt and low confidence. Someone with very low self-esteem may feel like they are unworthy of love or believe that their partner doesn’t care about them. Their depression can make them feel flawed and they may have problems trusting their partner as a result.

Sometimes depression can also manifest as being very critical of others and having high expectations. A depressed person may criticize their partner more often because they don’t know how to cope with their negative feelings. This can lead to more conflict and difficulties communicating.

When one person in a relationship has depression they may have certain expectations of how their partner should behave or show their love. The depressed person can easily become disappointed or feel that their relationship is failing if things don’t meet their expectations. They can start to judge themselves, their partner and their entire relationship too harshly.

Getting treatment for depression through individual therapy or combining it with couples therapy can help improve romantic relationships. Depression can sabotage even great partnerships so it is important to manage symptoms as often as possible.

Money Doesn’t Equal Happiness or Depression?

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Money Doesn’t Equal Happiness or Depression?

A traditional saying tells us as that money can’t buy happiness and most people agree that having everything doesn’t make you happy. But in many cases, a person’s income can determine how and when they are able to heal. People with depression or anxiety are not always able to afford treatment, especially some of the more costly options available to those with a higher income.

People with more money are not necessarily happier, but they do have more opportunities to pay for mental health recovery. When a person is simply struggling to survive and is worried about their financial situation, they may not have the luxury of working on their mental health. For people with severe depression and other mental health issues, money can be an obstacle that prevents them from getting the treatment that they need.

When someone has a higher income they will find it easier to pay for a highly qualified therapist without worrying about their insurance or being put on a waiting list. They can also afford more alternative kinds of treatment that insurance may not cover such as acupuncture, energy healing and other methods. They aren’t necessarily less likely to be depressed, but they do have a wider range of options to help them recover.

Recognizing financial obstacles in getting help is important in improving the overall state of mental health for people in the U.S. Providing more affordable options for treatment is crucial so that everyone can have equal access to recovery from mental illness. For many people, mental health is a luxury that they cannot afford to focus their energy or finances on.

Mental health should not be a privilege but unfortunately that is the case for many people. More mental health programs for low income individuals may be able to help improve the situation and make it possible for people to get the help they need.