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Defining Mental Health DisordersMental health refers to a person’s cognitive and emotional wellbeing, as well as her normality and maturity in social settings. With a healthy mind, an Anchorage resident can balance relationships, work and leisure in appropriate amounts, and she can behave in acceptable manners. However, mental health can be interrupted by a cognitive pattern known as mental health disorders. Get help to overcome these problems.

Classifications of Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders are grouped according to the following classifications:

  • Mood disorders are characterized by long-term, persistent feelings of sadness or extreme happiness. Mood disorders can also cause fluctuations between extreme happiness and sadness. Common mood disorders include depression, bipolar disorder and mania.
  • Anxiety disorders consist of fear and dread in response to certain objects or situations. Anxiety is often a normal and healthy emotion, but anxiety disorders last for more than six months, damage patients’ daily lives and often worsen if left untreated.
  • Psychotic disorders include symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are experiences of sights, sounds or objects that are not real, and delusions are visions that mentally ill people accept as truth despite contrary evidence.
  • Personality disorders are characterized by extreme personality traits that manifest in patterns of behavior. These behaviors cause distress and often make normal responsibilities impossible. Personality disorders can also manifest as cognitions and inner experiences.

Mental health disorders are often manageable with treatment. However, Anchorage residents who suffer from mental health disorders may also struggle with substance abuse as well. This creates unique difficulties, so people with a mental health disorder and an addiction need professional treatment.

Treating Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Many people who suffer from mental health disorders also abuse drugs. Having both a mental health disorder and an addiction is known as a co-occurring disorder, and to recover fully patients must treat both disorders. Co-occurring disorders interact with one often worsening the other. If the mental health disorder goes untreated, the substance abuse may escalate; if drug or alcohol abuse increases, the mental health disorder may escalate. Co-occurring disorders are treatable through a method known as integrated treatment. Integrated treatment has both addiction and mental health professionals working together in one setting toward a common goal: helping Anchorage patients recover from addiction and learning to manage their mental health.

Mental Health Treatment for Anchorage Drug Addicts

If you or an Anchorage loved one suffers from co-occurring disorders, know that we can help. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator, who can connect you to integrated treatment. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, so do not hesitate to call us now.