Mental Health Disorders
A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process. (Source: NAMI)
A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too. (Source: NAMI)
1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected. (Source: NAMI)
50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery. (Source: NAMI)
The term Mental Illness covers a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders which impacts a person's behavior, feelings, perceptions of reality, and mood. Having a mental illness can impact the way in which people relate to one another or how a person manages day to day activities such as work, school, and family responsibilities. Help is available to people to overcome the symptoms associated with a psychiatric disorder. Alvarado Parkway Institute provides the resources, tools, and treatment needed for people to take an active role in their recovery.
The team at API seeks to educate consumers, family members, and others in the community about coping with a loved one who has mental illness. We help identify common signs and symptoms of various disorders as well as what behaviors to expect from your loved one. We know that stigma regarding mental illness exists. We work to break down the stigma associated with having a mental illness through education, support, and finding a solution. Understanding psychiatric disorders as well as what treatments are available are key ingredients in developing an action plan for the future. At API, we believe that Recovery is possible. Our mission is to help clients understand that their illness does not define who they are as individuals and to support them in their quest to seek stability from the debilitating symptoms experienced.
Conditions treated include:
Bipolar Disorder- A mood disorder characterized by wide fluctuations between happiness and sadness. Clients commonly report feeling 'up' contrasted by quickly changing feelings of depression and sadness. The 'up' phase of the illness is called mania and can last from hours to days. Bipolar disorder is a life long condition which can be managed by effective treatment and medication.
Depression- Most people experience periods of feeling down or blue from time to time. A Major Depressive disorder occurs when symptoms of depression last for at least two weeks and interfere with a person's ability to carry out normal activities. People who are depressed often have difficulty sleeping or experience changes in appetite or a loss of interest in things that used to provide pleasure. Thoughts of suicide are often present.
Psychosis - People who experience psychosis have perceptual disturbances during which they may experience seeing or hearing things that others do not; they may experience delusions which are fixed beliefs that are not based in reality. These delusional beliefs often involve thoughts that people are talking about the person when they are not or that they receive special messages from TV or billboards.
Anxiety - Most people experience everyday worries or are anxious from time to time. An Anxiety Disorder is a debilitating condition which interferes in all aspects of a person's life. There are a variety of anxiety disorders which include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders are treatable conditions.
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