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Mental Health Care in the ER

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

Mental Health Care in the ER

Although the emergency room typically deals with physical health issues like injuries and illness, there are also mental health emergencies that need to be addressed in the hospital. When someone is having a mental health crisis, often the ER is the best place to get immediate assistance so that they are not a danger to themselves or others. Being safe during a mental health emergency should be the highest priority and the ER is able to provide basic mental health care to patients in need.

At the ER, staff are trained to handle mental health emergencies by asking certain questions to evaluate the severity of the situation. They can assess what type of issues you are dealing with and either recommend that you see a mental health professional or have you transferred to a treatment center that can provide you with the help you need. In some cases they might have a patient admitted to the hospital for a few days if they believe they are a danger to themselves.

The ER can admit patients who are struggling with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other problem that has escalated into a crisis. A mental health emergency usually means that the person has reached the point of a break down and may have become violent, has the intent to harm themselves or others or has attempted suicide. The ER is a place to keep you or your loved one safe until they can be provided with proper mental health treatment.

Although the ER is equipped to deal with a crisis temporarily, it is important for the patient to follow up and receive long term treatment and care at a mental health facility. After a stay at the hospital, they may consider enrolling in a residential recovery program to treat their disorder.

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.

What Constitutes a Nervous Breakdown

Posted on: December 2nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Nervous Breakdown

Most people have heard about someone having a breakdown but may feel unclear about what that means and what takes place when that happens. A nervous breakdown is essentially a period of intense mental distress that interferes with a person’s ability to function normally in their daily life. Although the phrase “nervous breakdown” is not technically a medical term, it can still be used to describe serious symptoms of stress that are causing social and physical impairment.

The signs of a nervous breakdown can be physical, mental and behavioral as all aspects of a person’s health may be affected. When someone has a breakdown they can have mental illness symptoms such as depression and anxiety as well as physical symptoms such as muscle tension, shaking or upset stomach. They may also behave differently such as avoiding social functions, eating poorly, isolating themselves or not showing up to work.

When someone has a nervous breakdown they may also experience issues such as panic attacks, hallucinations, extreme mood swings, paranoia, flashbacks of a traumatic event or other symptoms. The things that a person goes through during a nervous breakdown can depend on the cause of their breakdown and other factors such as history of mental illness or genetic vulnerabilities. Causes of a nervous breakdown can vary from person to person but common factors can be – work stress, recent trauma, serious financial issues, life changes such a divorce or loss, injury or illness, and mental health problems.

The good news is that even though a nervous breakdown can be devastating, it is possible to recover and pull out of it. Professional treatment allows people the opportunity to understand the cause of their breakdown and work on strategies to improve their health. Individual and alternative therapies combined can be effective at treating the symptoms of a breakdown.

What are Mental Health Triggers?

Posted on: November 25th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Mental Health

Someone who suffers from a mental illness may not always experience their symptoms except in certain circumstances. People with mental health problems often have specific triggers that produce their symptoms or worsen them. It is normal for people to react to triggers but it is important to get help and support before the triggers lead to a downward spiral or a mental health episode.

Patients receiving treatment for a mental illness such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder will all have certain mental health triggers. During treatment they will need to learn to identify their own personal triggers so that they can prevent an episode or have a plan in place if symptoms do occur. Becoming familiar with triggers can make them more manageable so that they don’t control your mental well being when they come up.

Triggers can differ between each individual but some common triggers include stress, frightening news events, break ups with a significant other, family conflict, anniversary dates of a trauma, financial problems, being judged or teased, spending too much time alone and many others. When someone who has a mental illness experiences one of these triggers they may suddenly become very depressed or anxious and find that they are having trouble coping with their normal daily tasks.

It is crucial to develop a plan for how to deal with these kinds of triggers so that they don’t worsen symptoms too severely. Patients can make a list of actions or activities that help them minimize the effects of triggers such as going for a walk, talking to a friend, practicing relaxation exercises, or writing in a journal. As long as you know certain tactics that can help alleviate some of your symptoms quickly, you can prevent triggers from disrupting your normal routine.

Americans Mental Health is Only Going Down

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Americans Mental Health

There have been alarming trends in the state of mental health for America as psychologists and mental health experts have seen a steady decline in psychological wellness. Recently, America has had to confront some serious problems such as the growing substance abuse epidemic, particularly with opioids. In addition, suicide rates per 100,000 people have increased to reach a 30 year high.

Other problems are also raising concerns such as dramatic increases in mental health related disability awards and a surge in post traumatic stress disorder diagnoses among veterans. In 2013 a study of hundreds of different diseases found that the toll of mental disorders has grown in the past two decades even though other conditions have become more manageable. And although mental health has been steadily on the rise, unfortunately access to treatment still remains a huge problem.

Currently about 8.3 million Americans or about 3.4 percent of the adult population suffers from a serious mental health issue. Research has revealed that in spite of these numbers, access to professional help has been deteriorating. About 9.5 percent of people in one study didn’t have health insurance that will cover a psychiatrist, and about 10.5 percent of people experience delays in getting treatment due to insufficient mental health coverage.

In addition to problems with access to treatment there is also a lack of new solutions for mental health issues and research into potential treatments. The stigma behind mental health is also a factor that may prevent people from getting help and instead drive them to self-medicate through substance abuse. All of these issues possibly contribute to a rising problem with mental health that needs to be addressed in the U.S.

Mainly it is important for people to have easy access to treatment and options for new methods of recovery in order to combat the downward trend in American mental health.