Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health Disorders We Treat

Updated Last June 1, 2024
Published By: Facility Staff

Mental health disorders are more common than people may realize, with about 1 in 5 American adults living with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. 

If you are part of the 1 in 5, you should not have to feel like you’re alone in what you are facing. 

And at Mark Behavioral Health, we offer comprehensive treatment for many of the mental health disorders that people face daily, helping them learn tools and skills to live a more fulfilling life.

About Mental Health Disorder Treatment at Mark Behavioral Health

At Mark Behavioral Health, our primary focus is on improving and maintaining the emotional, social, and psychological well-being of every person who steps through our doors. 

A few of the ways that we are able to achieve this goal include:

  • Offering services that are fully bilingual
  • Providing evidence-based therapies and treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Offering therapists and counselors who are specially trained in providing trauma-informed care
  • Offering crisis and stabilization services to help people get to their baseline before beginning treatment
  • Taking a whole-patient approach that takes into account multiple aspects of well-being

Quick Facts on Mental Health Disorders in the U.S.

  • How many mental disorders are there? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) used by mental health professionals, there are over 450 known and classified mental disorders.
  • Common types of mental health disorders: Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dissociative disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders 
  • Common side effects: Poor performance in school or work, lack of deep relationships, family conflicts, problems with substance use, social isolation, overall lack of enjoyment in daily life, increased risk of suicide
  • Symptoms of mental health disorders: Sleep problems, weight and/or appetite problems, irritability, paranoia, self-harm, confused thoughts, withdrawing or isolating, sexual problems, fatigue, talking about suicide
  • Types of mental health treatments: Inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, medication, psychotherapy, counseling, peer support groups, behavioral therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, wellness workshops 

Which Mental Health Disorders Do We Treat?

We treat a wide range of mental health disorders at Mark Behavioral Health, treating each person as an individual with a unique story and experience. 

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear or worry to the point where it interferes with a person’s life, relationships, and even their physical health. 

Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: the most common type of anxiety disorder, characterized by excessive worrying and fear about everyday life events and situations
  • Panic disorder: a type of anxiety disorder with which a person has frequent, random panic attacks
  • Social anxiety disorder: people with this type of anxiety disorder have anxiety that revolves around social situations and interacting with other people
  • Phobias: when someone has an excessive and irrational fear of a specific situation, animal, environment, or object, such as a fear of snakes or a fear of heights

Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are typically characterized by prolonged feelings of sadness and low feelings and a loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities.

Types of depressive disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder: this type of disorder occurs when a person has a major depressive episode that lasts at least two weeks during which they may feel hopeless, irritable, sad, and without interest
  • Bipolar disorder: a disorder that is characterized by extreme fluctuations in moods which can last several days, weeks, or even months
  • Postpartum depression: a type of depressive disorder that can occurs in women who have recently given birth
  • Seasonal affective disorder: a type of depressive disorder in which a person’s moods and emotions are affected by seasonal weather and amount of sunlight
  • Situational depression: occurs after a specific traumatic event or life stressor, and is considered a short-term depressive disorder 

Mood Disorders

Some depressive disorders are also considered mood disorders, which are characterized by mood problems such as having intense fluctuations or extreme highs and lows. 

For example, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder are considered both depressive disorders and mood disorders. 

Symptoms of mood disorders include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or empty
  • Low-self-esteem and feelings of low worth
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Sleep changes or disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

Personality Disorders

There are many different types of personality disorders. While all are different, they share an inability to adapt to and interact with the environment and other people in a socially appropriate and acceptable way. 

Types of personality disorders include:

  • Narcissistic personality disorder: a person with this disorder believes they are smarter, more attractive, and more important than others, and often takes advantages of others in order to feel superior or gain power
  • Borderline personality disorder: someone with this disorder is unstable when interacting with others and in relationships, has intense fears of abandonment, and often engages in risky or impulsive behavior like unsafe sex or drug abuse
  • Antisocial personality disorder: a person with this disorder has little regard for the feelings or safety of others, may be reckless and impulsive, and has an overall disregard or lack of concern for other people around them
  • Paranoid personality disorder: someone with this disorder is distrustful, doubtful of others’ intentions, overly sensitive, and may suspect people are trying to hurt them or that their romantic partner is being unfaithful

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) are a group of disorders that occur after a person witnesses or experiences a traumatic or terrifying event. 

Types of post-traumatic stress disorders include:

  • PTSD: when a traumatic event from a person’s recent past causes anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and other symptoms
  • Complex PTSD: involves additional characteristics of PTSD that involve difficulty regulating emotions and navigating personal relationships
  • Comorbid PTSD: when a person has another mental health disorder co-occuring with their PTSD, such as bipolar disorder 
  • Dissociative PTSD: a type of PTSD that involves dissociation and depersonalization as coping mechanisms
  • Dysphoric PTSD: PTSD accompanied by dysphoria, which is overall feelings of unease, sadness, and worry

Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic disorders are a group of disorders in which people have distorted senses of reality and have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is not. 

Types of psychotic disorders include:

  • Schizophrenia: characterized by the presence of delusions and hallucinations that can be either visual or auditory in nature
  • Schizoaffective disorder: occurs when someone has schizophrenia at the same time as a mood disorder, with symptoms of both
  • Shared psychotic disorder: when two or more people share the same delusion, often a couple in a romantic relationship 
  • Delusional disorder: characterized by having a very specific delusion that is realistic but not true, such as having a chronic illness

What Causes Mental Health Disorders?

There is no single cause for all mental health disorders, and there are usually numerous causes that lead up to a person’s mental disorder diagnosis. 

However, there are two main general causes for most mental health disorders: a person’s genes and their environment. 

Risk Factors for Mental Health Disorders

Mental health issues and disorders can truly happen to anyone, and most people will experience some form of mental health problem during their lifetime, even if only briefly. 

Despite this fact, some people are more prone to develop mental health disorders than others due to certain risk factors. 

Risk factors for mental health disorders include:

  • A family history of mental health disorders
  • Recent trauma in your life
  • Life stressors, like the death of a loved one, a divorce, or loss of a job
  • The presence of a chronic medical condition or physical health problem
  • Substance use
  • A difficult childhood
  • Being in an unhealthy romantic relationship
  • Lack of a support system

Effects of Untreated Mental Health Issues

It is important to treat any mental health issues that arise in your life.

When left untreated, you can experience a slew of possible negative effects that may have been avoided with prompt treatment. 

Effects of untreated mental health issues include:

  • Worsening of current condition and possible psychosis
  • Irrational compulsions that turn into irrational obsessions 
  • Development of new conditions
  • Physical health problems
  • Cognitive impairment 
  • Instability in relationships and at work
  • Legal problems
  • Financial problems
  • Problems with substance abuse and addiction
  • An overall sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life

How Mark Behavioral Health Treats Mental Health Disorders

Mark Behavioral Health offers a wide range of treatments for mental health disorders that can serve people in a multitude of situations. 

Residential Treatment Programs

Mark Behavioral Health offers residential inpatient programs for people who want to focus on their mental health in an environment that provides care and supervision 24/7.

Residential stays can be several weeks or several months, depending on what is called for in each person’s situation. 

Crisis Stabilization Services

Crisis stabilization services are for people who are experiencing an acute mental health or behavioral health crisis that is causing them to behave erratically and require stabilization in a supportive environment. 

At Mark Behavioral Health, we offer short-term crisis stabilization that typically lasts several days and which can help people return to normal functioning before entering residential treatment. 

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is a type of approach to therapy and other treatments that acknowledges the past trauma an individual has experienced.

This type of therapy emphasizes emotional and physical safety, empowerment, and promoting positive outcomes. 

By using trauma-informed care in our facilities, we are able to bring compassion and understanding to our clients regardless of what they have been through in life. 

Treatment for Sexual Abuse

Treatment for sexual abuse can incorporate counseling and therapy to help people address their trauma and cope with it in ways that are healthy and productive to their recovery. 

Many of our clients at Mark Behavioral Health are victims of sexual abuse, and we are dedicated to working with them as they process and heal from their trauma. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Mark Behavioral Health is proud to offer dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as an option to mental health clients, as this type of modified CBT therapy can be more difficult to find. 

This type of therapy focuses on helping people to manage emotions and relationships with others, through learning coping skills, self-regulation techniques, and mindfulness. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is related to DBT therapy, with a focus on helping people to understand the relationships between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. 

By understanding how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are related, people can start to understand their triggers and how to react appropriately to situations that arise in their lives. 

Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation involves educating and informing people about their disorders and providing them with tools to manage them. 

This type of treatment usually heavily involves family members or caregivers. 

At Mark Behavioral Health, we incorporate psychoeducation in as many treatment areas as possible to ensure that participants are well-informed. 

Nutritional Counseling

Diet can play a large role in mental health, which is why Mark Behavioral Health offers nutritional counseling to our clients while in treatment. 

In addition, we are also dedicated to providing healthy and nutritional meals to all of our guests during their residential stay. 

Grief and Loss Therapy

Our grief and loss therapy is specifically targeted toward people who are grieving the loss of a loved one and who are having difficulty managing their lives and symptoms. 

This type of bereavement therapy is typically offered in both an individual and group therapy format. 

Mental Health Recovery Resources

It is vital that anyone dealing with a mental health issue has access to resources that can educate and advocate for them, as well as help them find additional support. 

Mental health recovery resources include:

Find Intensive Mental Health Care for Florida Residents

If you are in the South Florida area, Mark Behavioral Health is offering kind and compassionate care for mental illness to you and your loved ones. 

Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy and living their best life possible — please do not hesitate to reach out to us when you are ready to begin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best treatment for mental disorders?

There is no single best treatment for mental health disorders, as every person’s case is truly unique and calls for an individualized approach. 

Some people may see improvement with outpatient therapy, others may require a residential stay, and others may find they do best with medication.

How to deal with mental disorders?

Just as there is no single best treatment for mental disorders, the way each person deals best with their mental disorder is also unique to them. 

For example, one person may prefer to deal with their mental health in private and with only the help of professionals, while others may lean heavily on friends and family members for support.

Can you live a normal life with a mental disorder?

Yes, you can live a normal life with a mental disorder and not only that, you can be very successful in life with one as well. 

It is estimated that one in five people is living with a mental health disorder. There is a good chance you already know several people with mental disorders who are leading healthy, productive lives.

How do I know if I need mental health treatment?

It is not always easy to tell if you need mental health treatment. But if you are questioning whether you do, you may consider getting an evaluation with a healthcare professional. 

You can also ask friends and loved ones that you trust if they have noticed any signs or symptoms, as these can be hard to recognize in yourself.

Further Reading

  1. Anxiety Disorders
  2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  3. Bipolar Disorders
  4. Depressive Disorders
  5. Panic Disorders
  6. Schizoaffective Disorder
  7. Schizophrenia

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