We have experience treating a broad array of psychiatric illnesses including:
Depression is also called “clinical depression” or a “depression disorder”. The symptoms range from trouble sleeping, eating as well as losing interest in your hobbies or being with friends and family, or symptoms that interfere with your ability to work. The duration of feeling depressed must be present for most of the day, and nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.
While mood disorder or depression is serious, it is treatable. Sufferers who are treatment resistant may want to consider Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. There are two common forms of depression: major depression and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia). You can learn more about these disorders and other forms of depression on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)’s website.
When Everyday Anxiety Becomes a Disorder
Speak with your doctor if you experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – When your emotion, worrying too much about everyday things, causes a lot of suffering and dysfunction.
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep becomes chronic. Half of all people with GAD also experience sleep problems.
- Irrational fears that becomes overwhelming, and disruptive. Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder.
- Near-constant muscle tension may be so persistent and pervasive that some people have stop noticing it.
- Chronic indigestion can also manifest itself in the body such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although IBS isn’t always related to anxiety, the two often occur simultaneously.
Some of the other types of anxiety may involve stage fright, self consciousness, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, to name a few.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
We all have difficulty with paying attention or feeling fidgety at times. We might interrupt other people or act otherwise impulsively, but for someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this is a constant behavior pattern. ADHD is a common condition that starts in childhood and can continue into adult years – sometimes alongside other mental health issues such as learning disabilities, hostile behavior, and conduct disorder.
Without treatment, ADHD can take a toll on every aspect of one’s life; school and work failures, delinquency, family/relationship problems, interpersonal interactions and more, resulting in depression, substance abuse, and accidents.
With proper treatment, people with ADHD can learn to deal with their symptoms adequately and lead highly satisfying, functional, and productive lives.
Medical causes of mental health problems
Research shows that biological or medical factors are often involved in mental health problems.
Biological factors that may be involved in the development of mental illness include brain chemistry imbalances, brain injury or defects, genetic predisposition, certain infections, prenatal conditions, toxic exposure, and addiction.
Psychological factors and environment also play a role in the development of mental illness. Stress, abuse or a traumatic event can trigger mental illness in a person who is vulnerable.
Psychopharmacology is the use of medications to treat mental disorders. The psychiatrist who prescribes medications must understand the body’s ability to process medication – as well as the effects that medications have on the body.
The drugs prescribed include psychoactive agents, primarily in antipsychotics and antidepressants. In treating mental health issues, a combination of psychotherapy and carefully monitored medication along with lifestyle changes – eating right, exercising, stress management and getting proper sleep can be of great benefit in helping the patient maintain functionality and quality of life.
Psychotic Illnesses Including Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenic disorders tend to be severe for their sufferers. Abnormal thoughts, disassociation, delusional perceptions, hallucinations and paranoia are just a few symptoms that a patient may experience, and they can be very challenging to treat.
Schizoaffective disorder involves symptoms of schizophrenia and mood disorders. It is a mix of problems that affect each patient uniquely, so it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Onset conditions usually appear between the late teens and the 30’s, and generally, do not occur after age 45. Brain chemistry, genetics and environment can also be factors.
Although there is no cure, these disorders can be managed with a combination of treatments involving medications, psychotherapy, and learning coping mechanisms to help the patient deal with the illness and recognize their symptoms.
Crawling, walking and first words are milestones that children achieve as they grow. Developmental or learning disorders are a category of mental health issues that include children who have difficulty accomplishing early developmental tasks such as language, communication, socialization and motor skills.
Every child naturally has a different pace in learning developmental skills, but when children begin to display delays and difficulty reaching typical milestones, evaluation may be needed by a professional. Tests may be recommended based on information gathered from parents and other providers’ findings.
If your child is not meeting certain benchmarks, it’s time to speak with your child’s doctor. Getting help as soon as possible is key. When the disorders are identified and intervention begins early, there can be significant positive impact on the child’s progress.
Individual, marital, and family counseling
Individual Counseling is one-on-one therapy with a psychotherapist that helps to resolve difficulties and treat mental health conditions. The therapist will suggest the type of therapy that will work best in your situation.
Marital Counseling helps couples to build a better relationship in therapy by resolving conflicts and learning good communication skills. Therapy may focus on adjusting behaviors, practicing acceptance and examining emotional reactions.
Family Counseling helps children and their parents resolve conflicts and function better as a family unit. Skills that improve relationships and communication within the family have an overall positive impact on everyday lives by improving school and work performance, creating better interpersonal bonds, and reducing related depression, anxiety and stress for everyone.
Contact the office
To find out more about Psychiatric Illnesses services, contact Manlove Health located at 636 Saint Anne St. Suite. 100, Rapid City, SD 57701-4694. Manlove Health provides treatment of mental health illness in Rapid City, SD and its surrounding areas.
Book an appointment by calling (605) 348-8000.