How to Find Psychiatric Care for Psychosocial Disorders and Behavioural Problems
Psychosocial disorders cannot be described in one specific term, but the most used definition is usually a pattern of behaviour that is destructive or non-productive. There are many different types of psychosocial disorders that will need psychiatric care (depending on the severity) and, to name but a few, these include:
- Depression: Daily feelings of being sad and low, losing interest in life, fatigue, loss of energy, increased/decreased appetite, feelings of hopelessness, difficulty in concentrating and exhaustion.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adult ADHD): Impaired concentration levels, hyperactivity, and other symptoms that affect the daily life of the adult and how they function.
- Borderline Personality Disorder: Long-standing mood disorders, impulsive behaviours and unstable image of self, risky behaviours (sex, substance abuse, etc.), self-harm.
- Eating disorders: Overeating, bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating, morbid obesity.
- Anxiety disorders: Panic attacks, social anxiety, agoraphobia, general phobias.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Post trauma reaction such as reliving the experience, distress, fright, panic, unrealistic reaction to normal events, aggression, depression, difficulty bonding with others, and many more.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The presence of certain recurrent compulsions or obsessions that affect behaviour and everyday life.
- Substance and alcohol abuse: In order to distance from pain or numb feelings, drugs or alcohol is abused to the detriment of the patient, to the point where their daily lives are encumbered.
There are many of these psychosocial disorders and they can all be treated with varying degrees of success, but the most important thing is that they all need some form of psychiatric care. Often, when the symptoms become severe and life becomes unmanageable for the patient, it is best to seek the help of a residential treatment facility that can provide an environment where the patient will feel safe and comfortable. This, in turn, will increase their chances of healing and dealing effectively with their disorder.
Psychiatric help will also include medication, which will help to alleviate certain symptoms in order to provide the patient with an opportunity to address problems with a professional. When the symptoms are reduced, it gives them a better chance to engage with counselling and therapists in a more productive way, which leads to better recovery and a chance to learn how to manage the disorder in the absence or presence of symptoms. This medication should only be prescribed by a medical or psychiatric professional.
Finding the Appropriate Psychiatric Care Facility
If a patient is affected to the extent that they struggle with life on a daily basis, or where their behaviour is impaired to the point where they may become a danger to themselves or others, it may be wisest to employ a residential facility to provide the psychiatric care the patient needs. These facilities differ in size and specialisations, but they provide an environment where the patient can be monitored around the clock in order to provide support and medication as and when needed.
While medication can help to alleviate symptoms, the best results cannot be achieved without combining medication with counselling. For the most part, medication only address symptoms, but the underlying causes of the disorder can be addressed by counselling, cognitive therapies, and other methods of therapy. It is therefore essential that the facility you choose can provide the services of medical and psychological health professionals that can provide a holistic solution to increase the chances of recovery and healing.
Choosing a residential facility also helps the patient by removing them from their daily environment. While this could be unsettling in the beginning, it allows the patient to get away from every-day burdens and responsibilities that may stand in the way of their recovery. At a residential facility, most of the daily decisions and demands are removed ??? such as providing for someone else, cooking meals, doing washing, and other daily tasks that may affect their ability to relax and focus on healing. Healthy meals are provided, medication is provided, and a set programme must be followed in order to get through the day. This means that all the patient has to focus on is recovery and healing, and this allows them to fully engage with their treatment.
If you are looking for psychiatric care for a loved one or yourself, give our wonderful team at Beethoven Recovery Centre a call. We will be able to provide you with all the information you need!