How Alcohol and Benzos Create a Vicious Anxiety Loop

How Alcohol and Benzos Create a Vicious Loop

Alcohol and benzodiazepines are central nervous system (CNS) depressants; therefore, consuming them together can cause excessive sedation and respiratory distress. Below, we will look at how the vicious cycle of using alcohol and benzodiazepines causes a neurochemical imbalance, resulting in anxiety and ultimately addictive cravings.

Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that develops from many risk factors, including genetics, life events, personality, and brain chemistry. Consuming alcohol and benzodiazepines together creates a vicious loop of anxiety in the GABA. The GABA helps to stabilize brain functioning. A detailed description of how alcohol and benzodiazepines impact a person’s anxiety levels is provided below.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is among the most used and abused drugs in the United States. Alcohol usually has CNS depressant effects. Drinking alcohol is correlated with many physiological reactions, including substantial consequences on the CNS. Alcohol increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitters GABA and glycine and decreases the activity of excitatory neurotransmitters such as NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspirate).

Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that activate gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the relaxing neurotransmitters in the brain that slow down brain activity. By stimulating GABA, benzodiazepines counter anxiety and help a person feel calm. The problem is that benzodiazepines, although first causing GABA to rise, then trigger GABA to drop.

Benzodiazepines can be addictive, despite being prescription medications with legitimate uses. The amount needed to suffer a fatal overdose on benzodiazepines by itself is vastly high. It is much easier to overdose on this medication when mixed with other substances, such as alcohol.

Drug overdoses have become an everyday reality in the United States. As of 2019, the fatal drug overdose rate was 21.6 per 100,000 people. In 2020, 12,290 overdose deaths in the United States involved benzodiazepines.

Mixing Alcohol and Benzodiazepines

The most common drugs abused or misused with benzodiazepines are other benzodiazepines and alcohol. Individuals who take these drugs together do so for several reasons. Previous data collected by SAMHSA implies a continual rise in hospital emergency admissions associated with the misuse of benzodiazepines and alcohol.

  • Individuals abuse the two drugs together because it enhances the effects of the drugs.
  • Individuals who misuse benzodiazepines are often under the impression that using prescription medications with other drugs is safer than using illicit drugs in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Most adults can legally procure alcohol, and it is readily available at parties or in social situations. This availability makes it an ideal companion drug for anyone who misuses or abuses drugs.

When used with alcohol, benzodiazepines can cause a person's heart to stop beating, obstruct brain activity, or slow down breathing to respiratory failure, lasting brain injury, coma, or death. It also increases the possibility of an overdose, leading to respiratory depression, seizures, and death. Many combined benzodiazepines and alcohol can calm and quiet body functions to the point that the individual's heart stops beating or breathing stops, resulting in a coma or death.

Risks of Combining Alcohol and Benzodiazepines

There are considerable hazards associated with combining benzodiazepines and alcohol. The risks of abusing these drugs in combination are significantly more severe than using them singularly.

Some of the significant risks of combining alcohol and benzodiazepines include:

  • Enhanced effects: Mixing two drugs with the same reaction improves the effects of both drugs, meaning that the results of both drugs increase significantly compared to the use of either drug alone.
  • Increased risk of overdose: When an individual mixes two CNS depressants, they are at severe risk for overdose on one or both of them. An overdose on either drug can have powerful and even lethal ramifications, including organ damage or brain damage due to a lack of oxygen because both drugs suppress breathing.
  • Increased reduction of cognition: Individuals mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines will significantly decrease their cognitive abilities. These cognitive decreases can result in several different potentially severe situations, including a loss of inhibitions and impaired judgment that can lead to poor decisions, significantly reduced reasoning capabilities, and an inability to manage emotions resulting in a person becoming combative or confrontational.
  • Increased risk of a mental health disorder: Long-term abuse or misuse of alcohol and benzodiazepines is associated with an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with a severe psychological condition, such as depression, trauma, stressor-related disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, etc., are more prevalent in people who suffer from polydrug abuse.

Any level of abuse of one or both of these drugs is a severe condition. Individuals who abuse these drugs often need intensive and long-term treatment programs to help them recover from their substance abuse.

Addiction treatment is one of the most meaningful decisions you will make throughout your life. You don’t have to go through recovery alone. If you or a loved one are ready to receive the quality care you deserve, we are prepared to help. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, can provide treatment for many levels of addiction. Our experienced staff delivers a custom blend of therapies tailored to your specific needs to treat your disorder effectively. Our personalized approach allows each client to receive quality care with successful results. We want to support you from crisis to independence. Let CCI help you get to long-term recovery. Call (760) 477-4754 today to learn more. If you are searching for help outside of California, you can head to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website to find a treatment facility near you.


Can Depression Be Cured?

Can Depression Be Cured?

As of now, despite the many advancements in modern medicine, there is no known cure for clinical depression. But don’t let that fact scare you—there are still plenty of ways to treat this mental health condition. People with depression can still live full, healthy lives with a combination of treatment techniques, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

While nothing can completely vanquish clinical depression, there are times when symptoms go into “hiding,” so to speak. You may think that if your symptoms disappear, you’re “cured.” Let’s look at some depression symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and why symptoms fluctuate over time.

How Is Depression Diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose depression with a physical examination and an intake that asks questions about the patient’s personal and family history. You will be asked about specific symptoms and how long you’ve had them. Symptoms may include:

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Significant changes in weight (gained or lost)
  • Insomnia, excessive tiredness, or loss of energy
  • Difficulties concentrating at work or school
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or self-harm

Clinical depression is diagnosed when at least five of these symptoms persist for two weeks or longer.

Is It Normal for Depression to Disappear and Reappear?

Some mental health professionals call an absence of depression symptoms a “remission.” That term implies that it can come back at some point in the future, which it does for many. If your depression symptoms appear to be fading, that’s excellent news. However, before you stop your treatment, you should be aware of some of the following reasons this could be happening:

Your Treatment Plan Is Working

If you have depression, the most likely reason you feel better is that your treatment, be it therapy, medication, or both, is working as it’s supposed to. If you stop your treatment, it’s likely for your symptoms to return. Just as a cancer patient completes chemotherapy even when scans show that the tumor has shrunk, it’s essential to follow through with depression treatment to keep your symptoms under control.

Your Depression May Not Be Clinical

Only your doctor can verify if this is the case. For some people, depression symptoms result from a specific life change, such as grief or loss, rather than a chemical imbalance in the brain. Some people feel better after a period of therapy and don’t experience depression symptoms again. Others need ongoing treatment, the same way one manages other lifelong conditions.

There is no shame in managing clinical depression for the majority of one’s life. If you wouldn’t feel guilty about managing diabetes, please don’t feel ashamed about having to manage depression.

What Are the Best Treatments for Depression?

Once diagnosed with clinical depression, your doctor may recommend one or both of the following:

Psychotherapy

There are many therapeutic techniques for improving mental health, but Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) remains the most popular. This type of therapy involves working one-on-one with a mental health professional to learn how to “reframe” negative thought patterns.

Prescription Medication

Medication tends to work best when paired with therapy, but it is quite effective at helping people manage depression triggers. The most common antidepressants include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which increase the brain’s supply of serotonin, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which address co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety.

Is It Ever Okay to Stop Taking Antidepressants?

There is no correct answer to this question, as it highly depends on the person and how bad their symptoms are. However, it is highly unadvisable to stop the medication abruptly without a discussion with your doctor first. Doing this could potentially worsen the symptoms that the drug was intended to treat.

If you’re considering stopping medication due to adverse side effects, it’s possible the prescription isn’t the right one for you. Different people respond to medicines differently, so it’s not uncommon to try a few different types before finding the right one.

How Else Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Depression?

The success of certain treatments depends highly on the person. Mental health professionals recommend a combination of lifestyle changes to help keep depression symptoms at bay, including:

Keeping in Touch With Your Community

Having an emotional support system is crucial for people with depression. These could be family members, friends, or a mentor you trust. These are the people who can encourage you when you’re feeling down and motivate you when you need a pick-me-up. We encourage you to turn to this network when depression symptoms creep in.

Taking Care of Your Health

You may be surprised at how simple lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, limiting alcohol, and exercising regularly, can help improve your mood. It’s also important to be aware that mixing certain antidepressants with alcohol is dangerous.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Depression is a known sleep disrupter. Not getting enough sleep can worsen the effects of symptoms already present. Experts recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults and consistent sleep schedules. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night.

Doing Things You Enjoy

Boost your mood and feel better about life by setting aside some time for an enjoyable activity like reading, watching a favorite show, walking your dog, or eating a favorite meal.

Unplugging as Needed

Social media and anxiety-inducing news headlines can take a toll on our emotional well-being, whether we have depression or not. Consider turning off your phone for a few hours at a time, or set aside a day you don’t sign on to social media.

Whether your depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, or a challenging life change, there’s no shame in reaching out for help. The licensed mental health professionals at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute of Oceanside, California, are here to help. We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach in therapy; we recognize that some patients benefit from medication, treatment, or both. Our therapeutic practice meets state requirements and involves a variety of techniques, depending on the patient’s unique needs. The feedback we have received from our patients speaks to the success of these techniques. You, too, can benefit from depression treatment, no matter how bad your symptoms may seem right now. For questions about our treatments, call us today at 760.433.4357. We also have a contact form on our website and helpful information regarding insurance coverage. 
 

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Why We Need to Talk About Men and Mental Health

Why We Need to Talk About Men and Mental Health

Traditionally, men are taught from a young age that they must measure up to a tough façade. But expecting men to be protectors or leaders and correlating them with anger and aggression can be destructive. The tainted belief to “act like a man” has significantly influenced how men perceive themselves and their place in the world.

Men face emotional and physical abuse and need mental health interventions to prevent trauma-related concerns, addictions, or behavioral issues. The problem is the stigma that surrounds men and mental health.

Although more women reportedly suffer from depression every year than men, depression and suicide are the leading causes of death among men in America.

Men are more likely to cultivate a substance use disorder than women, and more men have drug and alcohol dependencies than women. Sixty-two thousand men die from alcohol-related causes every year, while the number of women who die from equivalent causes every year in the U.S. is 26,000—less than half the number of male deaths related to alcohol.

These astonishing numbers show us that men are far less likely to pursue treatment for their mental health issues but still suffer from mental health problems in increased numbers.

The Weight of Men’s Mental Health

American men are exposed to a culture where the standard of masculinity is destroying their mental health. The “boys will be boys” mentality has created a world where men feel they can’t convey any feelings, resulting in men’s difficulty expressing emotions.

These extreme masculine norms are damaging to men’s mental health and other areas of life and can lead to the following:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Health risks, such as cardiovascular or metabolic disease
  • Dating and interpersonal intimacy issues
  • Interpersonal violence issues
  • Psychological distress issues
  • Discouragement in seeking help
  • Homophobia

When the negative impact is increased mental health issues, substance misuse often follows. Men struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders and avoid healthy coping mechanisms because they have been raised to “be tough” and instead turn to alcohol or drugs to numb their pain.

The only way to help men learn that emotions don’t degrade them or make them weak is by instilling that truth at a young age. As a society, it’s crucial to remember that everyone is human, and finding healthy ways to process emotions is essential for all of us, specifically men.

Establishing Social Connections

Some men have a more challenging time establishing social connections. Social networks can act as a barrier against stressful or adverse life experiences on mental health or the onset of mental health disorders, such as depression and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Social connections can also increase the probability of individuals with mental health issues seeking professional help. When people have a support system, they feel empowered and encouraged to succeed in their mental health recovery journey.

Warning Signs for Men’s Mental Health

Men and women can experience different symptoms of the same mental health disorder. This observation might reflect differing views of mental health, both among health care providers and men themselves.

Men are more likely to seek help for physical symptoms of mental health disorders. However, they may disregard emotional symptoms, disguising the sadness of depression as anger, irritability, or aggressive behavior. Self-medication with drugs or alcohol is common among men, worsening symptoms and causing the development of other health concerns.

The National Institute of Mental Health lists several symptoms that may be warning signs of mental illness in men, including:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol and drugs
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors, including high-risk activities

The dangers of ignoring the warning signs only result in negative consequences. As a society, it’s important to remember that everyone is human, and finding healthy ways to process emotions is essential for all of us, especially men. Masculinity needs to be looked at through a different lens. There must be a revolution in changing the American culture where males are more comfortable articulating themselves and how they feel.

Men who may be experiencing mental health issues are susceptible to the isolation COVID-19 produces. This isolation may heighten the precursors of mental illness, therefore adding to the significance of overcoming the barriers to accessing mental health resources among those less likely to seek professional help.

Mental health disorders in men must be reexamined. Men’s mental health must be addressed, and the only way to help is by breaking the stigma surrounding men and mental health. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, wants to help. We have developed an innovative approach to treating men’s unique challenges when managing mental illness or emotional traumas at CCI. Our personalized treatment plans guarantee that each client receives quality care with effective results. We will support you from crisis to independence at CCI by providing a compassionate team of professionals ready to help you take back your life. Let CCI help you on your way to long-term recovery. Call 760.433.4357 today to learn about our effective treatment programs. If you need assistance and live outside of California, SAMHSA offers the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help find mental health services near you.

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Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Abuse

Co-Occurring Disorders and Substance Abuse

Living with a mental health condition can put individuals at a higher risk of developing a drug and alcohol addiction.

Often, individuals who need drug and alcohol addiction treatment are diagnosed with common co-occurring disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2019 National Survey onDrug Use and Health, nearly 50% of individuals with a severe mental illness reported engaging in drug or alcohol abuse.

Furthermore, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUD) are twice as likely to suffer from a mental health disorder than those who do not have SUD. Similarly, individuals diagnosed with an antisocial condition, such as antisocial personality or conduct disorder, are twice as likely to become addicted to drugs.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders vary depending on the person. While many emotional issues can substantially impact a person’s addiction problems, including anger issues, low self-esteem, guilt, and grief, these issues are generally considered symptoms instead of disorders. Below are some of the most common mental health disorders associated with SUD.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is perhaps the most common mental health disorder to occur alongside substance abuse. According to recent research, adults with GAD are incredibly likely to self-medicate their anxiety symptoms with drugs and alcohol.

GAD is diagnosed in individuals who experience recurring, frequent anxiety and symptoms such as sleep disturbances, restlessness, headaches, nausea, and functional impairment.

GAD is characterized by persistent and disproportionate worry or concern. These concerns could be about health, money, work, and relationships. Symptoms of GAD can vary depending on the individual and their triggers.

Depression

Depression is three times more likely to develop in people with substance dependence than in general.

Individuals struggling with depression often develop SUD as they try and cope with the symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, melancholy, and isolation. They may try to “drown their sorrows” with alcohol or get high to avoid their negative thoughts and pain. Ironically, this self-medication is what contributes to the cycle of co-occurring disorders.

The substance becomes a coping mechanism to feel better temporarily, but in reality, the drugs and alcohol exacerbate depressive symptoms.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a person experiences events that cause intense stress and, in some cases, are life-threatening. Usually, individuals with PTSD experience flashbacks, night terrors, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, feelings of detachment, and irritability.

Nearly half of individuals who battle post-traumatic stress disorder also struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, individuals with PTSD are two to four times more likely to develop a substance use disorder.

People living with PTSD carrying the burden of trauma sometimes do not know how to cope or have little to no support system. They turn to drugs or alcohol for temporary relief from daily struggles and difficult memories.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mood disorder where an individual experiences unusual mood instability and irregular episodes of depression and mania. People with bipolar disorder also may experience sudden changes in energy and activity levels.

Individuals with bipolar disorder are susceptible to drug and alcohol addiction. Research has shown that SUDs are particularly common in bipolar disorders. The lifetime occurrence of SUDs is at least 40% in bipolar I clients, more than likely due to an increased probability to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental health condition that impacts how people think, feel, and behave. It is characterized by long-term hallucinations, delusional thinking, and disorganized thinking.

Many individuals become unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy, and it’s not unusual for those living with this disorder to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with these experiences. Research has shown clients with schizophrenia are vulnerable to SUD, where one study revealed that 47% of clients with schizophrenia suffered from alcohol or drug abuse.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and borderline personality disorder can affect how individuals interact with others.

Personality disorders are associated with compulsive behaviors. Similarly, SUDs are also characterized by an obsessive need to use drugs or drink alcohol, despite the consequences.

Research has revealed an overall prevalence of personality disorders to range from 10% to 14.8% in general populations, compared to 34.8% to 73% in clients treated for SUD.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders (ED) occur often in SUD clients, with the highest reported rates of co-occurrence in individuals with bulimia nervosa and alcohol use disorders.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse projected that 50% of women with ED abuse substances. Binge eating has also been more likely to occur in people with SUD than those without SUD.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

There are many different treatment methods when treating co-occurring disorders and SUD. Behavioral therapies, such as motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and 12-Step facilitation, are customary of care for individuals with co-occurring disorders and SUD.

Substance abuse and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand with one another. It is not uncommon for individuals battling depression or anxiety to self-medicate symptoms with alcohol or drugs. Co-occurring conditions can be challenging to live with, but that doesn’t mean a person can’t manage the symptoms with the right resources and support. The critical component to treating co-occurring disorders and addiction is integrated care to treat each condition. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, offers detailed dual diagnosis treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health illnesses. We will support you from crisis to independence by providing a therapeutic setting with a caring team of professionals ready to help you heal. For individuals outside the California area, SAMHSA offers the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help find mental health services in your area. Call 760.433.4357 today to learn about our effective treatment programs. 

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What Are the Differences Between Anxiety and Depression?

What Are the Differences Between Anxiety and Depression?

Many people struggle with depression, anxiety, or both. These two disorders are some of the most common and often co-occur. Anxiety and depression can fuel each other in an unhealthy cycle if left untreated, which is likely why many people have trouble distinguishing these conditions. The symptoms of both are similar and, at times, overlap. However, depending on the person, they may not be treated in the same way.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways depression and anxiety overlap, how they differ, and how they can be treated.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

It’s easier to tell depression and anxiety apart when you understand the specific symptoms of these disorders. The most common depression symptoms are:

  • Pervasive sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or other activities you enjoy
  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • Sleep issues such as insomnia or constantly feeling tired
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating on school or work tasks
  • Thoughts of self-harm

A diagnosis of clinical depression occurs when a patient experiences a combination of these symptoms for at least two weeks or longer.

What Are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?

The most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder are:

  • Excessive worry or fear about things that may not happen
  • Restlessness or difficulty relaxing, falling asleep
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating on work or school-related tasks
  • Panic attacks
  • Muscle tension, particularly in the jaw or shoulders

Anxiety disorder is diagnosed after experiencing a combination of these symptoms for at least six months or longer. When anxiety disrupts an individual’s ability to function normally in daily life, it may be a sign that they are struggling with an anxiety disorder.

What Are the Differences Between Depression and Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized as general fear or apprehension about what could happen in the future. Sometimes that fear has a direct cause, such as the fear of having a car accident after recently experiencing one. But generalized anxiety disorder doesn’t always require a “reason” for the anxiety beyond genetics or neurological issues.

Depression is characterized as pervasive sadness or hopelessness that does not have to be linked to a specific cause. It, too, is caused by complex genetic and neurological factors. Both can be treated with medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these.

The overlap comes into play when anxiety attacks fuel depressive thoughts or feelings of hopelessness. Anxiety can worsen when a depressed mind agonizes about the future. In both circumstances, a tired, “drained” feeling is familiar.

Still, there are notable differences between the two conditions. For example, a clinically depressed patient may move slower due to dulled reactions and emotions. Because anxiety disorder fuels panic, someone with an anxiety disorder may experience bursts of energy if they feel emotionally “worked up” by racing thoughts.

While pervasive fear can be present in both depression and anxiety patients, those with just depression may not worry about the future because they believe that things will continue as they are. In other words, they do not think change is possible. By contrast, the person with anxiety may imagine several different possible scenarios, which fuels the feeling of panic. The future is not determined by bleak feelings of hopelessness but rather by how they feel in a given moment.

What Does Depression Treatment Look Like?

No matter how hopeless a depressed person may feel, their condition is treatable. Sometimes the most challenging part is mustering the energy to make the phone call to a doctor and show up for the appointment. While the treatment may take a few tries to get right, we can confidently assure you that reaching out for help is worth it. After an initial intake of your medical history, we may recommend a combination of medication and therapies.

For those who may not respond well to medication, lifestyle changes such as getting outside or exercising regularly can also help relieve depression symptoms. Mental health experts say that a combination of therapy and lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, can be just as effective as antidepressants alone. Exercise provides endorphins, and therapy helps identify depressive causes and triggers.

A therapist will also help you develop skills to combat depression symptoms. Many people with depression find it highly beneficial to simply have a licensed professional validate feelings and offer encouragement when achieving small goals in your healing journey.

What Does Anxiety Treatment Look Like?

A combination of counseling and medication has been shown to help most patients with anxiety disorders. However, not everyone responds positively to medicines, so your doctor may tweak the dosage a few times to get it right or recommend a few different types before you find the right one.

There is no “one size fits all” approach to treating anxiety disorder. Many people find it helpful to discuss their fears and anxious thoughts in the safety and privacy of a therapist’s office, while others find it beneficial to make lifestyle changes. Incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine is one such example. No matter what treatment plan works best for you, most people who reach out for help with anxiety report positive changes and are overall healthier and happier.

At Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, California, we understand that whether you have anxiety, depression, or both, reaching out for help can be the most challenging part of healing. Our licensed, compassionate therapists are well equipped to work with you to find solutions that work for your circumstances and lifestyle. With therapy or medication, or both, we can help you combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Having the right coping skills is one of the most critical tools in a depressed or anxious person’s arsenal. We have helped hundreds of patients with anxiety disorder and clinical depression manage their symptoms in healthy ways to experience happiness and thrive. To learn more about our services, you can call us today at 760.433.4357. Because we recognize that phone calls are intimidating for some, we also offer a contact feature on our website to book your appointment.

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Concepts and Tools of Solution-Focused Therapies

Concepts and Tools of Solution-Focused Therapies

“Suppose tonight, while you slept, all your problems were solved. When you awake tomorrow, what would be some of the things you would notice that would signal your life had suddenly gotten better?

This type of question is one a therapist might ask a client when using a solution-focused therapy (SFT) approach. It is called the miracle question and entails the client envisioning and discussing a possible world where problems are removed, and issues are resolved.

What Is Solution-Focused Therapy?

SFT is a strength-based psychotherapy (talk therapy) approach based on solution-building instead of problem-solving. Unlike other forms of talk therapy that focus on the past and present problems and past causes, SFT concentrates on your current circumstances and potential prospects.

SFT uses a goal-oriented approach to solve problems by building the client’s strengths and establishing healthy coping skills. Unlike most talk therapy, SFT doesn’t focus on the why of a problem or underlying significance. Instead, it approaches each problem through small solutions that can be resolved sooner rather than later.

Techniques Used in Solution-Focused Therapy

SFT is an approach that falls under the umbrella of constructive therapies. The SFT therapist believes that change in life is inevitable.

In SFT, the counselor does not claim to be an expert but instead comes from a “not-knowing” standpoint and uses different questions to uncover vital information from the client, and sometimes will assign homework activities.

Some of the techniques of SFT include:

The Miracle Question

The miracle question is a technique counselors use to help clients think about a goal to determine if treatment is successful. It asks the client to consider life without the problem by creating a scene where a miracle happens, and the problem has gone away.

Scaling Questions

Scaling questions help measure the severity of the client’s problem. They are also valuable for tracking progress toward goals and observing change. The scaling questions are measured on a 10-point scale, where ten is the most positive. Asking a client to scale their challenges transforms a depiction of something significant into a manageable and measurable entity.

Exception Questions

Exception questions are meant to expose the client’s successes and strengths. They function on the assumption that there are always times when the acknowledged issue is less severe or nonexistent. In other words, the exception question allows the client to recognize times when the present problem wasn’t a problem.

Coping Questions

Coping questions allow the client and counselor to accept the client’s insights of their situation and then accentuate how clients cope and tolerate hardship. Coping questions reveal substantial acts taken by individuals dealing with misfortune and provide a foundation to build solutions.

Homework Assignments

At the end of the session, SFT counselors will often suggest an assignment that the client can try before their next session. The concept is that the activity is prepared to build on something the client has already done, thought about, or felt and is solution-focused.

Benefits of Solution-Focused Therapy

SFT is a short-term therapy that highlights current solutions for the clients’ struggles. Below are some ways that SFT benefits the client compared to other types of therapy approaches:

  • SFT is a short-term therapy, making it time and cost-effective: SFT seeks to discover solutions sooner rather than later. Solution-focused sessions have been known to last anywhere from 1 to 40 sessions. Twenty sessions usually are the maximum number of sessions, but many counselors set a number for the amount needed and one that the client and counselor agree upon.
  • SFT is built on empathy and open-mindedness: SFT therapists are conditioned to approach each client without judgment. When clients show improvement, they are commended for their strength and inspired to keep moving forward.
  • SFT is led by the client rather than the counselor: SFT empowers clients to make their own goals instead of depending on the therapist to guide the counseling process. This therapy approach permits clients to specify their problem-solving skills to enhance their self-esteem and forward-thinking.
  • SFT is future-oriented: Conventional therapy usually concentrates on past experiences and issues to expose more profound importance. This approach is constructed around optimism and positivity psychology. SFT seeks to encourage clients to focus on the present to achieve future goals.

What Can Solution-Focused Therapy Be Used For?

SFT can be used for the treatment of many types of mental health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma
  • Family problems

SFT has been used effectively in individual therapy and with families and couples. Established with the initial intention of helping individuals in treatment to find solutions to challenges, the approach has extended to tackle issues in other areas of life, such as schools and the workplace. People from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ages have all been shown to benefit from SFT.

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a practical treatment approach for many different types of mental health disorders. SFT will give you the control to navigate your mental health recovery journey. If you or a loved one could benefit from SFT, we want to help. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, develops comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. We specialize in complex co-occurring conditions where you will have the chance to learn and apply the coping skills required to gain control of your life again. We will support you from crisis to independence by providing a healing environment with a caring team of professionals ready to help. At CCI, we offer treatment plans to meet every physical and emotional need for recovery. Let CCI ease your struggle in life with evidence-based treatment plans for a positive long-term recovery. Call 760.433.4357 today to learn more.

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How Can I Be Supportive of My Partner With Depression?

How Can I Be Supportive of My Partner With Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting adults in America today. The chances are high that someone you know and love is struggling with this disorder. If you’re living with someone who has depression, particularly a romantic partner, you may feel at a loss for what you can do to help. The pressure to say all the right things to make it all “better” can be overwhelming.

Still, depression can’t be cured with uplifting words. However, the good news is that there is a lot you can do to help your partner in this struggle. The key is communication, empathy, and understanding. We’ll outline some specifics to help your partner and your relationship thrive.

What Is Depression?

Depression can occur after a major life event, but it doesn’t always. Because it’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, there may not necessarily be a “reason” for it. As a clinical disorder, depression involves a minimum of two straight weeks of feeling deep sadness or hopelessness. It can also include a loss of interest in activities that used to bring joy. Someone with depression can experience good days and bad. Partners need to understand that depression has an inevitable “ebb and flow.”

Additional signs of depression could include

  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Increased anxiety or anger
  • Pervasive feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Your partner may experience some or all of these symptoms, and all are typical. Depression symptoms can also change with time.

How Can I Be There for My Partner?

Thankfully, there are many ways that you can support your partner that has depression. You may want to start by suggesting treatment. This suggestion may include seeing a therapist, considering taking medication, making lifestyle changes, or a combination of these. It’s crucial to find a treatment plan that works, but the most critical part of treatment, first and foremost, is showing up. Commend your partner for recognizing that they need help—often, this is the hardest step.

Additionally, you may want to consider the following statements to show your support:

  • “Tell me how I can help.”
  • “I’m always here for you.”
  • “We’ll make it through this together.”
  • “You and our relationship are extremely important to me.”

Often, words are not needed. Your partner may prefer sitting together in silence, watching a favorite movie, going on a walk, or enjoying a favorite meal.

How Can I Encourage Treatment?

While depression treatment is very effective, some people are unfortunately affected by its stigma. They may feel that seeing a therapist or taking medication is a sign of weakness or indicative of their lack of strength. Both are entirely untrue.

You can encourage your partner to seek treatment by gently and compassionately mentioning the changes in behavior you’ve noticed and expressing concern for their mental well-being. Offer to make the appointments or even accompany them during appointments, if they want. Make it clear that you are in it together no matter what the treatment may entail. Depression is not just their issue alone.

How Can I Create a Supportive Home Environment?

Lifestyle changes, especially home life, are critical for treating depression symptoms. You can create an environment of support by making it easier for your depressed partner to make choices. Consider the following:

  • Focus on healthy eating by encouraging your partner to help with cooking.
  • Exercise together daily as a couple’s activity, such as a bike ride or walks through the neighborhood.
  • Create a routine to help your partner feel in control, such as regular meals and sleep times.
  • Make time for enjoyable activities together to combat social withdrawal, such as a date night. Rent a movie to watch at home or go out to a favorite restaurant.
  • Give positive reinforcement when improvement is shown or goals are accomplished. Avoid non-constructive criticism as much as possible.

How Can I Encourage Small Goals?

Depression has a way of making everything feel overwhelming or impossible. Your partner may believe that it’s impossible to get better or that there’s no point in trying. Even simple tasks, such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, or practicing basic hygiene, can take a lot of energy.

One way to be supportive is to encourage small goals. Break down larger tasks into smaller ones. Too exhausted to clean the whole house? Start with just a single room or one job in one room, such as making the bed. Additional goals could include getting out of pajamas and putting on a favorite shirt, taking a shower, eating a healthy meal, engaging in ten minutes of exercise, or getting outside for a few minutes a day. Accomplishing these goals should improve with both time and treatment.

What Are Some Warning Signs to Watch Out For?

Unfortunately, when someone has depression, it’s essential to know the signs of suicide. The risk for self-harm goes up when someone has clinical depression. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Withdrawing from social activities
  • Talking about suicide or lack of hope in the future
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Giving belongings away
  • Rapid personality changes
  • Engaging in self-destructive or otherwise risky behaviors
  • Obvious changes in daily routine

Keep in mind that displaying one or a few of these behaviors doesn’t mean your partner is planning to commit suicide. This point is where ongoing communication is vital. Keep the dialogue open and check in regularly. Be sure to rely on your support network of family or close friends if you feel overwhelmed.

Having a partner with depression can feel overwhelming at times. You want to say and do the right things to help them feel better and may feel bad when you can’t. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute understands this struggle and offers support for those with depression and the people who love them. Our compassionate, knowledgeable, and licensed staff are trained in the latest innovative therapies to help people manage clinical depression symptoms. We may also recommend medication or lifestyle changes for healthier habits and happier moods. It’s not uncommon for us to receive calls from people on behalf of their partners. If your partner does make this important call themselves, be sure to commend them for making that step. To learn more, call us today at 760.433.4357. Asking for help can be scary and difficult. You can also reach out to us online through our website. 

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Bipolar Disorder: When Opposites Unite

Bipolar Disorder: When Opposites Unite

Opposites attract, or so the saying goes. Do you ever feel extremely cheerful or irritable, then unusually sad or anxious on other days? That is what a typical episode of bipolar disorder feels like. The ups are accompanied by increased energy, and the downs cause decreased energy and an inability to enjoy the things you love.

The mood changes in bipolar disorder go from extreme happiness to immense sadness, with normal moods amidst the rollercoaster of feelings. While these emotions are complete opposites, they unite as one individual experiences them.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Everyone experiences ups and downs in life, but bipolar disorder is more than having mood swings. The Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) describes bipolar disorder as a group of brain disorders that cause extreme fluctuation in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Read that again if you need to: the ability tofunction.

It can be particularly frustrating for individuals who live with bipolar disorder and the inevitable and unpredictable symptoms and mood changes, especially when they invade your daily routine. Although symptoms come and go, bipolar disorder requires continuous treatment to manage the condition.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder vary where the individual experiences manic episodes, depressive episodes, or a mixture of both. The mood swings cause symptoms that can last a week or longer, all day or most of the day. The intense mood episodes occur along with changes in behavior, energy levels, or activity levels that are different from how the person usually acts. The symptoms can be categorized according to either manic or depressive symptoms.

Manic Episode Symptoms:

  • Feeling very excited, irritable, or touchy
  • Feeling jumpy or wired
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Talking fast about different things
  • Feeling like thoughts are racing
  • Thinking they can do many things at once
  • Doing risky things that show poor judgment, such as eating and drinking excessively, spending or giving away much money, or having reckless sex
  • Feeling very important, talented, or powerful

Depressive Episode Symptoms:

  • Feeling very sad, empty, worried, or hopeless
  • Feelings slowed down or restless
  • Trouble falling asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much
  • Increase in appetite and weight gain
  • Talking very slowly, feeling like there is nothing to say, or forgetting a lot
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Unable to do simple things
  • Little interest in many activities, decreased or absent sex drive, or inability to feel pleasure
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, or thinking about death or suicide

Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are three types of bipolar disorder. Each type involves apparent changes in mood, energy, and activity levels.

Bipolar I Disorder

Bipolar I disorder is defined by manic episodes that last a minimum of seven days or that are so severe that the individual requires urgent medical care. Depressive episodes also occur, typically lasting at least two weeks. It is also possible to experience depressive and manic symptoms simultaneously.

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II disorder is defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and less severe manic periods, also known as hypomanic episodes.

Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic disorder, also known as cyclothymia, is defined by periods of less severe manic symptoms and periods of depressive symptoms lasting at least two years. However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic conditions for hypomanic and depressive episodes.

How Is Bipolar Disorder Treated?

For individuals who struggle with bipolar disorder, depressive episodes will alternate with manic episodes unless treatment services are received.

Treatment centers like the Crownview Co-Occurring Institute offer intensive treatment programs to help individuals struggling with bipolar disorder manage symptoms and learn healthy coping skills for stress and mood changes.

The following are types of treatment methods used for bipolar disorder:

  • Medications: Some medications can help control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Individuals may need to try several different medicines before finding the best one that suits them. The most common drugs that doctors prescribe include mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. Mood stabilizers such as lithium, valproate, lamotrigine, or carbamazepine can help counteract mood episodes or decrease their severity. Lithium also reduces the risk of suicide. Supplementary medications for sleep or anxiety can be used and added to mood stabilizers as part of a treatment plan.
  • Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is an effective treatment technique that helps individuals identify and change distressing emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Psychotherapy offers support, skills, and strategies to individuals with bipolar disorder and their families.

Living With Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but there are ways to help make it easier for yourself, a friend, or a loved one.

  • Treatment is the best way to start feeling better
  • Commit to medical and counseling appointments
  • Take all medications correctly
  • Keep a routine for eating and sleeping and get enough sleep and exercise
  • Learn to acknowledge mood swings
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Be patient. Improvement takes time

Remember, bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but long-term, ongoing treatment can help manage symptoms to live a healthy life.

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean individuals can’t manage their symptoms given the resources and support. If you or a loved one are ready to begin your journey to an improved mindset, we want to help. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, offers psychiatric treatment for mental health and co-occurring disorders. CCI believes that establishing trust between client and counselor is the firm foundation of recovery and an incentive for transformation. We value the individualized approach to assure each client receives the quality care they deserve. Let CCI support you from crisis to independence with a healing environment full of compassionate professionals ready to help. Call 760.433.4357 today to learn about our treatment programs. If you do not live in the California area, you can find helpful information about treatment facilities that provide specialty care using SAMHSA’s Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator.

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What Makes a Therapist Good?

What Makes a Good Therapist?

Therapy is a special tool for all kinds of problems and conditions. For those with mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, having a non-biased sounding board to process with can be incredibly helpful.

But not all therapists are created equally. Having the right qualifications is one thing; having the right “chemistry” is another. You may find that some therapists are easier to connect with than others; some may show empathy more effectively than others. Finding the right therapist can be a bit like dating: you might have to meet with them a few times to see if there’s a connection. If not, you may have to move on to someone else.

Below, the compassionate, qualified staff at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute will review some necessary qualifications that effective therapists must have and some red flags to watch out for.

What Makes a Good Therapist?

By and large, the question “What makes a good therapist?” is entirely subjective. That being said, there are some important factors to consider. At a minimum, therapists are licensed mental health professionals who help people develop coping skills for various problems. Contrary to popular belief, therapists aren’t supposed to “fix” people; they help people develop skills to better manage their symptoms or develop healthy coping mechanisms.

A “good” therapist meets state guidelines for practicing therapy, including having a license; however, not all states require this. Therapists also must be accountable to a professional body for the regulation of their practices. This accountability ensures that they meet the necessary standards for therapeutic practice and still receive ongoing training. The mental health field is vast, and new treatments and techniques constantly evolve.

It’s a good idea to look at the website of a prospective therapist before your appointment. Feel free to also ask about their training, specialties, and experience with specific issues or conditions. “Good therapists” may be suitable for some patients, but they may not be compatible with every person.

What Are the Signs of a Good Therapist?

Now that we’ve outlined the basic requirements for therapists, here are some other qualities to consider when choosing you are choosing a mental health professional:

You Can Develop a Strong Rapport

While your therapist is not your “friend” in the traditional sense, there ought to still be a sense of rapport. A good therapist makes their patients feel comfortable enough to open up and share their honest feelings. You should also be able to trust your therapist—that means feeling safe knowing that what you say in the room stays in the room.

You Don’t Feel Judged

Judgment and personal opinions from your therapist should stay out of your sessions. A good therapist remains impartial to your views and experiences as they guide you in making healthy decisions.

Evidence-Based Therapies Are Used

Different therapeutic methods are constantly being developed, while others may fall out of use. A good therapist will keep up to date with the current developments in their field for specific conditions. Their techniques will also adjust accordingly as scientific and medical findings advance.

You Receive Clear Communication and Helpful Feedback

Ideally, your therapist will be clear and practical in their feedback to help you make positive changes to your life. The suggestions for new ways of assessing a situation should not be too difficult to understand. You may also be given techniques to try at home or at work to help improve your mental health beyond the sessions.

What Are Some Red Flags to Look Out for in a Therapist?

You may want to consider looking elsewhere for a therapist if they engage in any of the following behaviors:

Unethical, Unprofessional Behavior

Unethical, unprofessional behavior from a therapist can look like sexual advances, violating your trust by sharing your personal information, or using extortion to get money. However, not all problematic behavior is so extreme. Unprofessional behavior from a therapist can also look like befriending clients outside of the session, giving unsolicited advice, or criticizing you if you want to end therapy for any reason. Any unethical actions from your therapist should be reported.

They Are Frequently Late or Constantly Have to Reschedule

Life happens, and having your therapist reschedule once or twice is not in itself a red flag. However, if this is a regular occurrence, it’s understandable that you start to feel your time is not being valued or respected. For therapy to work, it has to be consistent.

It’s also a red flag for your therapist to constantly be checking their phone or seem to be mentally elsewhere during your time together. Unless there is a previously mentioned emergency, the time you paid for should include their undivided attention.

You Feel Judged or Condemned for Sharing Honest Feelings

Mental health disorders like depression or anxiety can be deceiving. These conditions are good at convincing you that you have no value or worth, that your future is hopeless, and life is not worth living. When you’re living in that “fog,” it can be hard to see the good. Reaching out for help is an incredibly bold, brave step that an empathetic therapist should recognize.

If your therapist shames you for these feelings, insinuates that others have it much worse than you, or does anything else that minimizes your feelings, you should find a new therapist. Judgment and condemnation do not belong in a space that is supposed to be safe and healing.

Reaching out for help can be a scary thing. We at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute commend you for recognizing that you need help and inviting us to work with you. That requires a level of trust in our skills and expertise that we do not take for granted. Our compassionate, knowledgeable staff are fully qualified according to state guidelines for psychological care. We have helped hundreds of patients develop healthy coping mechanisms, practical life skills, and other solutions to live healthier fuller lives. Whether your struggle is with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or multiple conditions at once, we can help you find the right therapist for your needs. To learn more about the benefits of therapy or ask questions about what your insurance plan will cover, call us at 760.433.4357. Additionally, you can verify your insurance information or fill out a contact form on our website. 

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Let’s Talk About Conversion Disorder

Let’s Talk About Conversion Disorder

Could you imagine experiencing something so traumatic that you find yourself paralyzed and unable to speak, literally? It’s terrifying to imagine, but symptoms such as paralysis, numbness, deafness, or blindness can result from a rare condition known as conversion disorder. Conversion disorder gives a new meaning to the concept of mind over matter.

What Is Conversion Disorder?

Conversion disorder, also known as functional neurological symptom disorder (FND), is a fascinating psychiatric disorder where a person’s physical symptoms are inconsistent with the usual pattern of other known neurological diseases.

Conversion disorder is often inadequately understood, developing unwarranted accusations and stigma surrounding the condition and the individual. Understanding this unformulated mental health disorder will involve learning more about the symptoms and treatment methods and the social, biological, and psychological factors associated with conversion disorder.

Symptoms of Conversion Disorder

Even though conversion disorder has no biological basis, the symptoms substantially affect an individual’s capacity to function. In particular, the condition is categorized by symptoms impacting an individual’s sensory or motor functioning, including:

  • Blindness
  • Paralysis
  • Dystonia
  • Anesthesia
  • Inability to speak
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Incontinence
  • Balance problems
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)

Unfortunately, conversion disorder is frequently overlooked during the initial medical and neurological tests because a conclusive organic diagnosis is lacking. Instead of the symptoms resulting from a physiological effect, they emerge from a psychological conflict.

Diagnosing Conversion Disorder

Conversion disorder is complex and challenging to diagnose. Some ways to thoroughly examine the diagnostic process include performing a complete medical history and physical exam to rule out existing illnesses, running CT and MRI scans to reveal any possible head trauma, or EEG to determine if there is evidence of seizures.

Although no specific cause of conversion disorder exists, social, psychological, and biological factors are relevant when diagnosing a client with conversion disorder. There are also comorbidities to look for when analyzing the condition. The clinician can ask if any of the following social, psychological, and biological factors or comorbidities are present in the client:

Social Factors Associated With Conversion Disorder

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Lives in a rural area
  • Low education level
  • Lives in a developing nation
  • Cultural issues

Psychological Factors to Assess

  • Psychological stress
  • Poor coping skills
  • Internal psychological conflicts

Biological Factors Associated With Conversion Disorder

  • Female gender
  • Young age
  • Impaired cerebral hemisphere communications
  • Excessive cortical arousal

Comorbidities to Consider

  • Mood disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Phobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic-stress disorder
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorder

How to Present a Diagnosis

One of the fundamental approaches for treating clients with conversion disorder is the neurologist’s perceptive and respectful diagnosis presentation. Below are some examples of how to present the diagnosis to clients.

  • Do not inform the client of the diagnosis during the first visit.
  • Reassure the client that their symptoms are authentic despite the absence of a definitive organic disease.
  • Do not give the client the notion that there is nothing wrong with them.
  • Specify socially acceptable examples of conditions that often are considered stress-related, such as hypertension.
  • Provide examples of how the subconscious affects behavior, such as nail-biting.
  • Emphasize that the symptoms are potentially reversible.
  • Clarify that understanding and acknowledging the diagnosis can improve because it allows appropriate engagement with rehabilitation instead of wondering or worrying about what is wrong.

Treatment Methods for Conversion Disorder

Effective treatment methods and coping skills can cure conversion disorder. If you or a loved one are suffering severe or persistent symptoms of conversion disorder, treatment may be necessary. A substantial amount of focus for treatment is on rewiring the brain. Below are some of the standard treatment methods for conversion disorder.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, biofeedback, and relaxation therapy, have been found to help clients with conversion disorder identify triggers and symptoms and learn coping skills to manage and treat the condition.

Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy

Physical therapy or occupational therapy is often used to help with the client’s movement symptoms, including problems with coordination, balance, walking, or weak limbs. It can also effectively prevent secondary complications such as muscle weakness and stiffness.

Medication

The use of antidepressants, anxiolytics, and other psychiatric medications is necessary and helpful for treating underlying stress or anxiety causing the symptoms of conversion disorder.

Seeking Help for Conversion Disorder

Without treatment, conversion disorder can cause problems through underlying stressful situations. The first step is identifying conversion disorder correctly. Some may panic because nothing physical is wrong, but staying calm can ease the symptoms.

If you believe you are struggling with conversion disorder, reach out to your primary care provider for help. In addition, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help find mental health services in your area.

Crownview Co-Occurring Institute offers specific dual diagnosis treatment for conversion disorder and the co-occurring disorders that typically accompany the symptoms. We understand the critical significance of treating all facets of psychiatric disorders. If you or a loved one are ready to begin your journey to recovery, we want to help you and your mental health. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute in Oceanside, CA, provides a thorough treatment plan to ensure clients are treated for the correct psychological struggles causing the symptoms. At CCI, we offer treatment plans to meet the physical and emotional needs for recovery. We will encourage you throughout the treatment process, from crisis to independence, by providing a stimulating environment with a dedicated team of compassionate professionals ready to support you in gaining control of your life again. Call 760.433.4357 today to learn about our effective treatment programs.

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