Gooden Center
A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

(626) 356-0078
191 North El Molino Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 US

map Pasadena Drug Rehab Center for Men

Archive for the ‘Mental Health Treatment’ Category

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.


What You Should Know About Antipsychotic Medication

Posted on: December 31st, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Antipsychotic Medication

Certain mental illnesses may cause symptoms of psychosis or psychotic episodes which can be debilitating and even life-threatening for the sufferer. Psychosis is a problem in which a person’s thinking becomes distorted so that they lose their sense of reality. People with psychosis can experience delusions and hallucinations that may cause them to behave erratically or even violently.

For an individual struggling with psychosis, one of the most essential ways to manage the symptoms is through antipsychotic medication. This type of medication is prescribed most often to people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia which causes hallucinations and psychotic episodes or bipolar disorder which can include manic episodes with symptoms of psychosis. People with bipolar disorder may take them temporarily when they are experiencing an episode while other psychotic disorders may require long term use.

Antipsychotics help manage symptoms of psychosis by blocking the activity of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Psychosis can occur when dopamine levels in the brain are too high. The medication effectively reduces dopamine so that hallucinations subside in a few days and delusions are reduced within a couple of weeks.

The use of antipsychotics can also help stabilize a person’s mood and may be used for a number of other mental illnesses. Many can cause short term side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and vomiting but the symptoms usually subside during long term use. Some neurological side effects can occur such as spasms, tremors and restlessness but these sometimes go away once dosage is dropped.

Whenever this type of medication is used, it is important for the patient to be closely monitored to gauge side effects and determine if it is effective at reducing psychosis. Antipsychotics can be potentially life-saving for people suffering from psychosis but they should be taken with the help of a professional to assess their effectiveness.

5150 Involuntary Psychological Hold Overview

Posted on: December 22nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Psychiatric Hold

There are certain extreme situations in which a person may involuntarily be taken into custody to be evaluated and placed into psychological treatment. Although this type of circumstance seems common in movies and tv shows, it is actually a rare occurrence and medical providers must go through many obstacles to force a patient into treatment. It is usually reserved for very severe cases where danger and harm may be involved.

Psychological holds were more common in the U.S. a century ago but eventually activists worked to make it harder to bring someone into custody unnecessarily. There is now a much more strict legal standard for involuntary commitment to prevent healthy individuals from being held against their will. When someone is committed it is now for the protection of general society or for the person’s own safety.

An individual can be forced into psychiatric care if police or medical officials believe that they are likely to hurt others because of violent or erratic behavior. Rather than be placed in prison, someone who likely has an undiagnosed mental illness can benefit from being placed in a psychiatric facility where they can be assessed and treated. Violent individuals may have issues with psychosis and require medication as well as long term treatment.

Another circumstance which may lead to involuntary psychological hold is a case in which the individual has threatened or attempted to commit suicide. Police are legally allowed to force someone into care if they are a danger to themselves but it most often occurs with minors or for those with a disability. In either case, involuntary commitment is usually limited to a 72 hour hold so that the individual can receive medical treatment and evaluation.

Involuntary holds usually only take place in very dangerous situations but they can be helpful in preventing harm or tragedy with medical support.

The New Father-Son Talk- Mental Health

Posted on: December 15th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Father-Son Talk- Mental Health

As more young men struggle with depression in the modern world, it becomes difficult for them to share their problems with their parents and especially with their fathers. Generational differences may interfere at times with father-son discussions about feelings and their emotional life. Traditional beliefs about masculinity often cause fathers to avoid discussing feelings for fear of appearing to be weak.

However, talking about mental health and issues such as depression can be crucial for teen boys and young adults who need support from their parents. Many teenage boys feel uncomfortable discussing issues of mental health with their fathers who don’t open up or allow themselves to be vulnerable. Bridging the generation gap and getting dads to talk about mental health could be very beneficial for teens and young people who need advice and insight from their male role models.

To avoid the negative cycle of bottling up feelings, it can be helpful for fathers to try to talk about their own experiences with depression or simply their personal feelings. If fathers are able to encourage their sons to be more open about mental health it can break some of the stigma surrounding men sharing their feelings. The fear of seeming weak can be damaging for teen boys who need to express themselves especially if they are having mental health issues.

When men feel unable to speak about their depression or anxiety it can make it difficult for them to recover and get the help that they need to improve their mental health. Not talking about their feelings can create isolation and shame that only serves to increase their issues. When fathers and sons discuss mental health it can make a big difference in the lives of both struggling young men and their parents.

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dealing With Self-Loathing

Feelings of self-loathing can sabotage relationships because one person may feel that they are not “good enough” to be with other people. Those who cope with self-loathing can sometimes become isolated because they see so many negative qualities in themselves and assume that others will eventually see them. Someone who is hyper-aware of their limitations or perceived flaws can never be convinced of their worth unless they confront the cause of their self-loathing.

It can be difficult for people with self-esteem issues to build up confidence since compliments from others might have very little effect. A good tactic for people with self-loathing issues is to try to acknowledge that they might not know themselves as well as they believe. Although they might feel that they see and understand all of their own flaws, the reality is that the way they perceive themselves is often very inaccurate.

If someone who is a self-loather can learn to understand that the way they see themselves is not necessarily the “right” way then it opens up the possibility that they might not be as flawed as they think. They might see themselves as boring, worthless or untalented but others might see them as interesting and fun. Considering other people’s perspectives can help break down some of the deeply ingrained beliefs that affect their self-esteem.

People with self-loathing issues can also work on accepting praise from others and recognizing the ways in which they are supported and loved. Other people in their lives see their value and if they are able to understand that then it can start to change their perception of themselves. With time they can start to see their own positive qualities and allow themselves more self-care.

Self-loathing is a complex problem, but it is possible to reduce feelings of self-hatred through therapy and changing perspectives.