Taking the Step to Get Mental Health Treatment at a Rehab Center

Taking the Step to Get Mental Health Treatment at a Rehab Center

Addressing a mental health condition at a rehab center helps you focus on getting well with the best medical care available

When someone struggles with mental illness, being admitted to a rehab center may become the only way to protect her. Mental illness can stay hidden fairly well for long periods of time, so there is no way to know when a flare up might occur. Changes in environment, routine and medication or even a traumatic event can all trigger the symptoms of a mental illness, so people must know how to address these problems should painful symptoms ever occur. Getting treatment in a rehab facility is the best way to focus fully on the healing that needs to take place.

Mental Illness Basics

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million people (about 1 in 5 adults) experience some form of mental illness each year. About 10 million of those people experience a serious mental illness episode that interferes with daily life, which means it is impossible for them to perform everyday tasks[i]. Not all of these people with a mental illness require hospitalization, as many can recover or control their symptoms with counseling and medication. However, for those people for whom these methods do not work, spending time in a rehab facility is probably necessary for them to recover.

The Mayo Clinic defines mental illness as a condition of the mind that affects people’s mood, thinking and/or behavior[ii]. Some examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addiction. Mental illness can make it difficult, sometimes impossible to perform daily tasks: they can interfere with someone’s ability to work, attend school, be part of family functions and participate in community life. The Mayo Clinic lists the following problems as signs and symptoms of mental illness:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Being confused easily
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Extreme guilt
  • Extreme mood changes, anger and hostility
  • Isolation from friends and activities
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to cope with daily stress or to relate to situations and people
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Major changes to eating habits
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you or a loved one experiences any one or a combination of these symptoms, then it is time to get help.

Mental Illness Causes

Mental illnesses are usually caused by a combination of biological, psychological and environment factors[iii]. Biological factors can include genetics, brain injuries, infections, brain abnormalities and prenatal problems. Psychological factors (like trauma, neglect, emotional or physical abuse or the loss of a parent at a young age) can also play a role in mental illness. Finally, environmental factors—such as a sudden change like death or divorce, living in poverty, a dysfunctional family, a change in schools or jobs and addiction in the individual or his parents—can all lead to mental illness.

Remember that each person is unique and will respond to risk factors in different ways. For example, some people who live through trauma, significant change or poverty will not struggle with mental illness while other people who experience similar challenges will suffer from them. Your story is unique, so the treatment program you seek must be so as well.

First Steps to Healing

The first step to heal from mental illness is to admit you have a problem that is beyond your ability to solve. The next step is to see your primary care physician as soon as possible so she can rule out and treat any physical problems that may cause your mental health symptoms. If mental illness symptoms still persist after you receive treatment from your doctor, then she can discuss appropriate treatments or call a mental health facility directly.

Although there are different options for treating a mental illness, spending time in a treatment facility allows patients to focus fully on getting well. Mental health facilities will spend time determining the right diagnosis for your unique situation. The right diagnosis means the prescribed treatment will be more effective, so you or your loved one will see results faster than not.

While in the mental health facility, patients receive individual and group psychotherapy sessions. These sessions are conducted by a licensed mental health professional; they help patients learn more about their mental illnesses and what actions are necessary to control their symptoms. Medication is often a part of the treatment plan, so treatment facilities allow patients the time they need to get the right dosage of medication for the maximum benefit in a safe environment. In short, seek professional help for the best chances at overcoming a mental illness.

Find Help for Mental Illness

When someone struggles with mental illness, he needs the help of a medical facility to find relief. Getting treatment in the right rehab center allows patients to begin healing in a comprehensive way, so, if you or loved one suffers from a mental illness, then know that we can help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options. You need not suffer alone if you call us now.


[i] The National Alliance on Mental Health. “Mental Health by the Numbers.” Accessed November 21, 2015.  https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

[ii] The Mayo Clinic. “Mental Illness.” Accessed November 21, 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/definition/con-20033813

[iii] The Kim Foundation. “What Are the Causes of Mental Illness?” Accessed November 22, 2015.  http://www.thekimfoundation.org/html/about_mental_ill/causes.html