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Mental health encompasses everything to do with psychological, emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and plays a huge part in the way we feel, think, and behave.

Good mental health does not necessarily mean an absence of a diagnosed mental or cognitive condition. Instead, it does relate to our ability to learn, express and manage our emotions, nurture good relationships, and how we cope in uncertain times.

Mental health itself is unique to each and every one of us, and at Rehab 4 Addiction, we are committed to providing you with the best and most appropriate treatment in order to bring out the best in you.

Whether it is a physical addiction, or a cognitive and behavioural issue, every one of our patients is treated as an individual. Each of our treatment centres and highly qualified teams of staff will work with you to create a care plan tailored to your own distinct needs.

What is mental illness?

Living with a mental health disorder can be a difficult and often debilitating thing. Most of the time, such disorders have a significantly negative impact on mood, thoughts, and emotional and cognitive wellbeing in general. We all at times feel sad or anxious: it is a human emotion.

But for those suffering from a mental health condition, these negative thoughts, behaviours or impulses do not leave. They often become worse and end up impacting on an individual’s life so much so that they struggle and even fail to perform daily tasks.

If you, or someone you know, is becoming increasingly affected by a mental health problem, it is important to remember that you are not alone. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we offer a variety of therapies and treatments to help our patients cope with mental health disorders.

Nationwide, we work with a team of experts including psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors and doctors who all share the same goal: enabling those who are affected by mental health disorders to overcome their problems.

What are the early signs of mental health disorders?

If you are concerned about the mental health a loved one, it is sometimes difficult to pick up on body language or behaviours that are out of the ordinary.

One option may be to approach your loved one and try to discuss the topic of mental health. Doing so is better than doing anything at all. Only if this fails to make inroads, we may suggest you look at seeking out professional help.

If some of the signs we have listed below appear over a short period of time, it can indicate the onset of a mental health disorder. The signs are:

  • A change in sleeping patterns
  • Frequent levels of low energy
  • Distancing themselves from hobbies or people they normally thrive off
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of motivation
  • Increased use of drugs (recreational, tobacco, alcohol)
  • Seeming out of touch with their emotions
  • Inability to fulfil day-to-day tasks (working or cooking)
  • Worrying memories/ thoughts appearing often
  • A desire to self-harm
  • Hearing voices that aren’t there
  • Seeing things that aren’t there

What mental illnesses do we treat at Rehab 4 Addiction?

Our expert team of counsellors, psychiatrists and therapists are some of the best in the country. This, combined with the highest standard of treatment and support programmes that we offer across a host of hospitals and wellbeing centres, enables you to access some of the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments in the UK.

Each of our mental health programmes is tailored to your individual needs and can be altered depending on your preferences and obligations.

So far, we have been there to support thousands of individuals like yourself with their mental illness, and have provided them with the appropriate techniques, resources and coping strategies to help them manage their condition in day-to-day life.

The mental health conditions we currently offer support for include:

How do I go about getting help?

We understand that mental health can have an impact on every aspect of your life – this is why we cover all elements including assessment, treatment, support, recovery, and aftercare. We utilise a number of modern and holistic therapy techniques to provide you with the perfect coping mechanisms, resources, and support references for now and for the future.

The first step is simple: phone our referrals team today and you will then receive a free assessment via telephone. Here, we will assess your own unique needs in order to come up with the best and most effective treatment plan for you.

Our friendly and professional staff will ask a series of personal questions – this is solely for your own benefit and all your private information will be used confidentially.

We will then advise you on the treatment options available, and work with you to discover which is the most suitable method for your requirements. You will then begin treatment and thus embark on your journey to a healthier life where you will receive the support you deserve.

What treatment programmes are available?

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we offer three types of treatments which have been proven to help overcome a variety of mental health conditions. These programmes include:

1. Inpatient

Inpatient treatment is one form of treatment for many mental health conditions, as the individual moves into an inpatient facility for a specific amount of time.

This provides the most intense and most effective treatment, allowing the person who is struggling with a mental health condition access to round-the-clock care, medical assistance where necessary, and a range of resources and therapies to utilise whenever is needed.

This treatment offers a well-structured and safe environment for the individual to work through their problems, and removes negative influences from the picture – such as toxic home environments, triggering places, or access to harmful substances that could prove difficult to manage during outpatient programmes.

Inpatient programmes have proven effective in assisting those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and OCD. A treatment programme will be created following an initial assessment, and the plan can be put into action immediately.

This will include a wealth of psychotherapies, group therapies, and holistic therapies which in turn will equip the individual with the right resources and coping mechanisms for when they leave the facility once recovery has been substantiated.

2. Outpatient

Outpatient programmes for those seeking help for their mental health conditions normally involve the individual travelling to one of our wellness centres for regular therapy and counselling sessions. These tend to be hourly sessions, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, but can be altered to suit the needs of the individual.

These sessions can either be 1-2-1 with a counsellor, group sessions with people in a similar boat, and even methods such as imaginal exposure and dialectical behavioural therapy for certain conditions.

The benefits of outpatient treatments are that the individual can continue with professional, social, and familial commitments while receiving a high standard of care and support from one of our facilities and teams of staff.

However, the outpatient treatment also means that the individual is exposed to potentially triggering and damaging outlets and can, therefore, hinder and prolong the recovery process.

3. Daycare

Daycare, similarly to outpatient treatment, entails an individual attending one Rehab 4 Addiction’s wellness centres for a set number of days, or for half a week at a time. Daycare is beneficial for those struggling with PTSD, eating disorders, stress and anxiety.

What types of psychotherapy do we offer at Rehab 4 Addiction?

Our expert team of counsellors, doctors and psychotherapists offer a variety of classic and modern therapies to help you overcome your mental health condition. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: a type of talking therapy that helps you work through your issues, and focuses on changing your thoughts and behaviours
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: another form of talking treatment that alters the way you think about yourself, but focuses more on your relationship with your therapist
  • Family therapy: a type of psychological therapy that helps families communicate more and overcome conflicting problems. This should be completed while the individual who is suffering still undergoes individual therapy
  • Group therapy: where a counsellor leads a group of people with a common mental condition into a group discussion, which brings hope, a sense of universality and altruism

What types of medications can help with mental illness?

Once you have made the first step and reached out to a healthcare professional regarding your mental illness, there are many treatment options to choose from – and medication is often one of them.

Medication for mental illnesses can only be prescribed by a doctor and will only be administered once an assessment and psychological evaluation have been completed. The type of drug you will be prescribed ranges from person to person and depends on the nature and severity of your condition.

The most common forms of medication to treat mental illnesses include:

  • Antidepressants: This type of medication is prescribed to treat mostly depression, OCD, PTSD and sometimes anxiety. It is believed that the drug enhances the level of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters like serotonin) which are associated with emotion and mood. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, up to 60 percent of people taking antidepressants have improved symptoms of depression, as opposed to less than 30 percent of those on a placebo prescription. Certain types of antidepressants can include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), noradrenaline and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NASSAs) and serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs.) Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are now only used to treat the most severe cases of depression, and now OCD and bipolar
  • Anti-Anxiety Tablets: Anti-anxiety tablets work by diminishing feelings such as fear, worry, panic attacks and of course, anxiety. Although prescribed by a doctor, it is crucial to remember that anti-anxiety tablets cannot ‘cure’ an anxiety disorder but rather help the individual to cope with the symptoms. Some examples include benzodiazepines, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and
  • Lorazepam
    Mood Stabilising Medication: These are a type of psychiatric drug which aims to combat mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, severe and acute depression, hypomania and mania. These are commonly a long-term treatment, and should only be prescribed to treat more severe cases of mental illness. They may also be offered to you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if other, milder anti-depressants have not worked in the past

How common are mental health illnesses?

According to the UK’s leading mental health charity, a quarter of the population will experience an issue with their mental health every year. These issues can include anxiety, depression, phobias of certain things, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder, to name a few.

In the UK, one in six adults have struggled with a mental health issue in their lifetime – the most common types being stress, anxiety, or depression.

Fortunately, the rise in the number of people who have been diagnosed and treated means there is an ever-expanding ground for research and prognosis for those who are struggling. To this day, one in eight adults are now receiving therapy or have received treatment in the past to help them with a mental illness.

FAQs on mental health

Below we have answered some of the most common questions relating to mental health issues. If you have any queries or other concerns, do not hesitate to contact us and our team of experts will be happy to assist and guide you. The questions we have addressed are:

1. Are mental health conditions treatable?

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we stand by the notion that every mental disorder – whether it’s a cognitive disorder, a mental illness, or a substance addiction – is 100 per cent treatable with the correct treatment. The term ‘cure’ does not coincide with our practice methods surrounding mental health.

Instead, we strive towards helping you manage your own mental health condition (with support from our counsellors) and work towards empowering both yourself, your family and your peers with the most effective tools and resources to help you maintain a successful recovery.

Mental health conditions are entirely treatable with the correct treatment and support. Start your new life today and contact one of our referrals team to see how we can help you.

2. What is the most successful form of treatment for mental health disorders?

Of course, for more severe cases of mental disorders, counselling or talking therapies go hand in hand with another form of treatment such as medication, or brain stimulation.

Every situation is different which is why at Rehab 4 Addiction, we aim to provide you with a unique treatment that benefits you the most and incorporates all of your physical and cognitive needs.

According to MIND, one of the most effective forms of therapy for any mental illness is talking treatments – which of course, cover an umbrella range of different therapies

. Regular counselling sessions of any form (listed under ‘types of treatment’ above) provide a safe and open space for you to address your thoughts, issues, and experiences with a trained licensed professional.

Benefits of talking therapy include: helping you deal and overcome painful memories and experiences; producing coping strategies for you to deal with everyday problems or reoccurring negative thoughts; work on your relationships with other people; help you understand how and why your mental illness came to develop.

3. What to do if someone is suicidal or self-harming?

Sometimes, problems associated with mental illness can produce distressing effects and behaviours. Self-harming is upsetting to see and get your head around, but it is vital to remember that self-harm is not a mental disorder in itself – it is related to a mental illness that has not been dealt with.

People are often believed to self-harm to punish themselves, express strong emotions like despair or rage, as a plea for help, or to transform their mental anguish into physical pain. If you are concerned about your own or a friend’s self-harming, it is vital that you seek professional help from either a GP, an emotional support helpline, or a licensed therapist.

If you are worried that a member of your family or a loved one is suicidal, or is expressing a desire to end their life, it is crucial that you seek professional help immediately. You will not be overreacting if you phone the police or if you bring them to a hospital or medical facility.

There are also several suicide prevention hotlines that you can call in an emergency or if you are concerned about the behaviour and actions of a loved one who is struggling with a debilitating mental illness.

4. If I choose anti-depressants as treatment, how long will I be on them for?

According to recent research, anti-depressants are highly effective in diminishing and even completely getting rid of symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD, and agoraphobia.

They are also extremely useful to combat symptoms related to the onset of anxiety attacks, and can also be useful in helping those with bipolar disorder manage the extreme lows (manic depressive episodes) that come with their condition.

However, due to the chemical systems set up in the brain that anti-depressant drugs affect, this type of medication can take up to 4 weeks before any improvement is felt or noted in the patient.

There has been extensive research as to why it takes a prolonged period for the serotonin-impacting drug to take effect, but it is commonly accepted in the medical field that stopping medication after one or two weeks, without perceived improvement, will not help the patient.

In short, once you start a course of anti-depressants, you must have patience and wait for the chemicals in the medication to introduce itself to the brain’s natural processing. Thus, most individuals say they only feel the full benefits of anti-depressants after 8-12 weeks.

If this is the type of treatment that your doctor has discussed with you, then have faith: they will start working and you will begin to notice that your depressive or anxious episodes are less intense and less frequent.

Estimating a timescale for the length of anti-depressant medication is really down to the individual, their healthcare support team, and other contributing factors.

The latter is highly influential – if you are undergoing another form of treatment such as CBT, counselling, DBT or imaginal exposure, then this therapy will coincide with the effects of anti-depressants and could help reduce the symptoms of mental health disorders.

Some people who begin a course of anti-depressant medication find that they need them for months and years, while others utilise their benefits to get them through a significantly bad period of their lives.

If you wish to stop taking anti-depressants, it is vital that you discuss this with your doctor as a sudden cessation of a serotonin-based drug could end up worsening your existing condition.

Doctors may also prescribe Benzodiazepines, a type of anti-anxiety prescription drug, to coincide with the course of anti-depressants. This is because benzodiazepines offer a quicker and more effective relief and generally reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress much quicker.

However, benzodiazepines are highly linked to addiction and dependence – therefore, your doctor will reduce the dose, or stop it completely, once the antidepressants have kicked in.

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