Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment at WellBridge Greater Dallas

A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.

There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common conditions are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. Mental health problems may sometimes be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. As with other diseases, mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological. Mental illnesses can be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.

Mental health conditions are often misunderstood and evoke profound fear and anxiety among sufferers and their loved ones. At WellBridge, we believe that by helping patients and their families to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatments of mental illness, we can dispel worry, restore quality of life, and light a clear path of hope.

WellBridge Greater Dallas treats many mental health conditions, including:

Depression

If you are suffering from the symptoms of depression, you are not alone. Depression is one of the most common mood disorders, affecting about 18 million Americans each year. Treatment for depression involves a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies, wellness education, recreational activities, and medication.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are classified according to specific symptoms and behaviors. Everyone experiences anxiety in response to the stress of everyday life. For someone with an anxiety disorder, however, those feelings of worry and fear are more intense and persistent

Suicidal Thoughts

Many who are struggling with thoughts of suicide suffer in silence, feeling hopeless and alone. People who try to take their own life are often trying to get away from a situation that seems impossible to deal with. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, claiming over 44,000 lives per year. The National Suicide Prevention Line provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, at 1-800-273-8255. Please call us immediately at (972) 596-5445 if you or some you know is thinking about suicide. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.

Suicide and suicidal behaviors usually occur in people with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Drugs or alcohol use
  • Borderline personality disorder

Warning Signs: Often, but not always, a person may show certain signs and behaviors before a suicide attempt, such as:

  • Feeling hopeless or guilty; or having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Giving away belongings or talking about the need “to get my affairs in order
  • Suddenly changing behavior, especially calmness after a period of anxiety
  • Pulling away from friends or losing interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as heavily drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs
  • Changing sleep or eating habits or suddenly having trouble at work or school
  • Talking about death or suicide, or attempting to hurt themselves
  • Arranging ways to take their own life (such as buying a gun or pills)

Always take suicide attempts and threats seriously.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call us at (972) 596-5445, or call 911. Our trained mental health providers are available 24/7 to offer support.

Bipolar

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition in which a person has wide or extreme mood swings. In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the periods of extreme happiness and high activity, or depression and low activity.

The following may trigger a manic episode in someone with bipolar disorder:

  • Periods of not being able to sleep (insomnia)
  • Medicines such as antidepressants or steroids
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Childbirth

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental condition in which a person has long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions. These inner experiences often result in impulsive actions and chaotic relationships with other people.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death.

PTSD can occur at any age, after events such as:

  • Assault
  • Car accidents
  • Domestic abuse
  • Natural disasters
  • Prison stay
  • Sexual assault
  • Terrorism
  • War

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD symptoms fall into three groups:

  1. Not being able to focus (inattentiveness)
  2. Being extremely active (hyperactivity)
  3. Not being able to control behavior (impulsivity)

Some people with ADHD have mainly inattentive symptoms, while others have mainly hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. There are also cases where an individual is experiencing a combination of all three symptoms.

Psychosis

Psychotic episodes are symptomatic of certain mental health conditions, commonly associated with one of the following disorders:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Psychosis

Depending on the underlying cause of the disorder, symptoms of psychosis can include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Incoherent speech
  • Self-injury

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.

Symptoms of schizophrenia usually start between ages 16 and 30. The symptoms of schizophrenia fall into three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive.

Symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Thought disorders (unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking)
  • Movement disorders (agitated body movements)
  • Flat affect” (reduced expression of emotions via facial expression or voice tone)
  • Reduced speaking
  • Trouble focusing or paying attention

There are several factors that contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia.

  • Genes and environment
  • Exposure to viruses
  • Malnutrition birth
  • Problems during birth
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Brain chemistry and structure