What Does A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre Do?

What Does A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre Do?

If you or a loved one has a mental health condition, you are probably aware that a psychiatric rehabilitation centre is the best place to go to get treatment. But what exactly do these places do? And which conditions do they treat? We will take a look at all of this and more, in this blog from Samarpan Recovery.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centres Treat Anxiety

Rates of anxiety have been increasing dramatically in recent years. It’s no wonder why. Life is more stressful than ever, with worries about finances, excessive workloads and the fast pace of society putting immense strain on many people. While some people who experience anxiety are able to implement lifestyle changes that can keep it at bay, this isn’t the case with everyone.

Sometimes, a person with anxiety is able to “stay afloat” only until they experience a serious life event, such as the dissolution or death of a loved one. This causes a crisis that induces severe anxiety that can last years.

Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder can develop and become so overwhelming that they can stop someone from functioning within society. The sufferer's life is put on hold as they are in the grip of anxiety that seems to never end. This is an incredibly scary place to be in.

A psychiatrist rehabilitation centre can help people who are suffering from the most extreme forms of anxiety regain their lives. At Samarpan Recovery, we primarily use talk therapy to treat our patients with anxiety, as we have found that this is the most effective way of treating anxiety. We may also prescribe benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Valium when necessary. These can reduce anxiety very quickly, and may be continued while we are working on the root of the anxiety.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centres Treat Depression

Everyone experiences depression occasionally. People describe these temporary periods of depression as “feeling down”, “having a rough patch” or “going through a slump”. This is a normal part of life which people can overcome.

Severe depression, on the other hand, can be so debilitating and pervasive that it may feel like it is swallowing a depression sufferer whole. Someone in the grip of major depression or persistent depression disorder may lose their job, their relationship and even the place where they live, but still not be able to lift themselves out of their depression.

A psychiatric rehabilitation centre can restore people suffering from these severe forms of depression back to wellness. As with anxiety, Samarpan uses a combination of talk therapy and, where necessary, medication to treat severe depression.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centres Treat Eating Disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder follow different patterns, but they all involve unhealthy and disordered eating.

Someone with anorexia nervosa may severely limit food or only eat certain types of food, or they may binge on large amounts of food, and then vomit or eat laxative to purge the food. People with anorexia have a distorted body image and may view extreme dieting as a way to regain control of their lives.

Bulimia sufferers may also binge and purge as with anorexia. There is also a form of non-purging bulimia where sufferers fast or engage in extreme exercise so they do not gain weight following a binge.

From the outside, the practices involved in these two conditions may look quite similar. The main noticeable difference is that people with anorexia tend to look incredibly emaciated, while those with bulimia are likely to be of average weight or sometimes overweight.

No matter which eating disorder someone has, the end result is severe damage to the body and mind. Eating disorders can result in death as an eating disorder sufferer either becomes emaciated or overweight.

Besides addressing the root causes of the eating disorder, psychiatric rehabilitation centres also teach clients with eating disorders healthy eating habits. The overall goal of treatment is for the client to return to life at a normal weight, with healthy coping skills and the tools needed to address disordered eating, should it arise again.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centres Treat Trauma

Trauma can arise from a variety of situations. It can be caused by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, witnessing an act of violence, terrorist acts or severe medical problems. Any of these can cause conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Having these conditions may mean that someone experiences low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, nightmares, difficulty connecting with others and a whole host of different issues.

Treating trauma requires a mental health professional who has been trained specifically to treat trauma.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centres Treat Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an often misunderstood mental health condition. Symptoms include:

Unstable behavior

Acting on impulses or urges, even it causes harm to the person or those around them.

Examples of this include:

  • Thinking about or attempting suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Risky behavior such as spending money excessively, binge eating, or dangerous substance use

Unstable emotions

Moods may be extreme or change quickly. Examples:

  • Depression, anxiety or irritability lasting a short amount of time
  • Feeling empty
  • Extreme boredom
  • Extreme anger
  • Difficulty controlling anger

Unstable relationships

People with borderline personality find it challenging to maintain relationships. Examples of this include:

  • Doing anything to avoid being abandoned or feeling alone
  • Not having a stable sense of who you are or how you feel about yourself
  • Intense relationships where you perceive someone to be either “all good” or “all bad”

Unstable sense of identity

It can be difficult for someone with borderline personality disorder to grasp who they are as a person. They may:

  • Feel they don’t know themselves
  • Feel empty a lot of the time

Awareness problems

Awareness problems are another common factor of BPD. These include:

  • Feeling a sense of disconnection from the body
  • Psychosis

At Samarpan, we use a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and medication to treat BPD. The goals that we usually have for BPD treatment are to increase the ability of the client to function, to reduce impulsiveness, to learn to manage uncomfortable emotions and work on improving relationships. In our experience, these are goals that can be achieved in almost everyone with BPD.

Do Mental Health Centres Provide Aftercare?

While good psychiatrist rehabilitation centres like Samarpan Recovery are very effective at helping those who are suffering with mental health disorders, it is possible to have a relapse of one of these disorders that may require further mental health care. We offer all of our patients the opportunity to work with one of our counselors after they leave Samarpan.

It may be that a client would just like to check in with their old counselor to talk about an old issue that has been bothering them, or it could be that they feel they would like a series of sessions that can help them deal with something new that has cropped up. Whatever the case, Samarpan is here for you.

Samarpan Recovery for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

If you or your loved ones are suffering from any of these conditions listed above, know that you do not have to suffer in silence. Our team at Samarpan Recovery understand how difficult it is to live with a mental health disorder, and are here to listen and support you on your healing journey.

If you would like to know more on how Samarpan Recovery can help you get better in a comfortable and welcoming environment, please contact us today.

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