At every stage of life, good mental health is crucial to our overall well-being. Life is full of ups and downs, and our mental health status fluctuates to reflect these changes. Everyone experiences periods of depression, anxiety, stress, fear, grief, and anger. For most, these periods are caused by a particular event, sometimes past traumas, and our mood returns to baseline once we have had time to process the event. However, when these periods are prolonged or begin to impact daily functioning, a mental health disorder can be the cause.
At Westwind Recovery®, we offer an extensive array of mental health treatment programs that utilize evidence-based therapies designed to help clients get to the core of their issues and improve their mental health.
Is a Mental Health Treatment Program Right for Me?
Given that millions of people suffer from mental health disorders every year, it is ironic that most people struggling with their mental health often feel isolated. In seeking mental health treatment, one of the first and most important things you will learn is that you are not alone. Through participation in a mental health program, you will meet other individuals who can relate to your experiences, feelings, and thoughts, which is therapeutic in and of itself.
With many diseases, diagnosis and treatment are relatively straightforward, but this is not the case with mental health disorders, which are highly complex. Symptoms are unique not only to different disorders but to each individual. That said, there are some typical indications that you could benefit from seeking mental health treatment, such as:
- Ignoring, avoiding, or not be able to tend to daily responsibilities
- Feeling sad, hopeless, or depressed most of the time
- Feeling excessively fearful or anxious most of the time
- Rapid or extreme mood swings
- Significant changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Consistently having relationship difficulties or avoiding social events
- Relying on drugs and alcohol to cope
Often, those suffering from a mental health disorder either do not seek treatment or give up on the idea of treatment after becoming frustrated with treatments that did not work. At Westwind Recovery®, we know that a cookie-cutter approach to therapy does not work. We believe in working with clients to develop a treatment plan customized to meet their individual needs and flexible enough to change as clients progress.
The Many Benefits of Mental Health Treatment
The unnecessary suffering of millions of people with mental health disorders might be due to the longstanding stigma attached to mental illness. In recent history, much has been done to combat this stigma, leading to more people seeking treatment. The benefits of mental health treatment reach far beyond the individual. Untreated mental health disorders have high social and economic costs. When more individuals are healthy, the more healthy our society will be as a whole.
While addiction cannot be cured, individuals can learn to manage their symptoms to have a better quality of life. Good mental health contributes to better physical health and also longer life expectancy. Through therapy, clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences. Other benefits of mental health treatment include:
- Improved communication and interpersonal skills
- Greater insight and self-awareness
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Development of coping mechanisms and decision-making skills
- Improved ability to problem-solve
- Better conflict resolution and emotional regulation
Discover the Mental Health Treatment Center at Westwind Recovery®
At Westwind Recovery®, we offer comprehensive treatment for a wide array of mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Our well-appointed facilities provide a variety of amenities to enhance your stay. We also offer the latest in holistic, evidence-based therapies. Reach out to us today to discover how we can help you or your loved one take the first steps toward a brighter future.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.