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The Most Common Mental Health Problems

Below is a list of the most common mental health problems. The Mental Health Center of Tacoma, Washington is equipped to treat all of the following mental health problems and more. Please, note that this is not a comprehensive list of disorders that we treat. If you do not see your specific issue listed, it is very possible we are still able to treat it. Please contact us to set up a consultation to determine if we have a treatment plan for your needs.

  1. Anxiety

We all experience anxiety at some point in our lives. Anxiety is designed to warn us and help defend ourselves from danger, inducing a flight or fight response. Anxiety becomes a problem and classified as a mental illness, when feelings of anxiety or fear become overwhelming and unmanageable and interfere with daily life.

  1. Depression

Depression is a highly common, yet highly misunderstood mental illness. While we all experience sadness in our lives, not everyone experiences depression. Depression is a deeper level of sadness, lasting a long period of time, that can eventually interfere with everyday life.

  1. Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is diagnosed when a patient experiences feelings of mania, such as euphoria or invincibility, followed by depression, in a cyclical pattern. These highs and lows can be difficult to manage in everyday life.

  1. Drug and alcohol addiction

A compulsive need to use drugs or alcohol in a way that is disrupting life and relationships are some of the signs of an addiction problem. We can provide a safe, comfortable environment for detoxing along with mental health treatment at our facility. In some cases, our doctors may prescribe medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

  1. Eating disorders

There are many different types of eating disorders, including bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive eating, and compulsive exercising. Eating disorders are diagnosed when food struggles take up an inordinate amount of time and brainpower or are negatively impacting your health.

  1. Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is highly sensationalized in the media and as a result, is very misunderstood. People with schizophrenia in the media are often portrayed as having multiple personalities or being violent and dangerous. While that can be true for schizophrenics, it is unlikely that people with schizophrenia will become violent, or have rotating personalities. Schizophrenia typically involves auditory or visual hallucinations that are not brought on by an outside source (such as drug use). People with schizophrenia may feel like an outside source is putting thoughts in their heads, or that their minds can be read.

  1. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Flashbacks, seemingly harmless triggers that induce extreme anxiety, and night terrors are all symptoms of PTSD. It is similar to anxiety or depression but is usually connected to a significant event or period in a person’s life that manifested in PTSD. PTSD can show up immediately after the inciting traumatizing event, or not manifest until much later. Many PTSD patients are veterans who suffered traumatic experiences in war, but it is possible to develop PTSD from any trauma.

  1. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Overwhelming urges to complete personal rituals defines the obsessive-compulsive disorder. These rituals can take up an enormous amount of time, energy and brainpower. OCD sufferers also experience anxiety when they are unable to complete rituals.

  1. Hoarding

Hoarding can apply to specific collections of items, animals, or just too many things in general. Those who suffer from hoarding tendencies, as well as their family members and pets, may be at risk for serious health problems due to the state of their surroundings. In the case of hoarding, we can make scheduled house visits as part of initial and ongoing treatment.