We are lucky to live in an age where there are so many mental health therapies that offer positive results and true recovery from mental health issues. At 449 Recovery, we are dedicated to treating clients and giving them the tools they need to live a happier, healthier life.
We may think of our mental health in terms of our feelings, thoughts, and social interactions, but it also impacts how we deal with stress, interact with others, and make positive life choices.
There is hope for anyone struggling with mental health issues. Getting assistance is an essential first step. What follows is an overview of the mental health conditions we treat in our programs at 449 Recovery.
That presentation at work, your ever-expanding to-do list, or dating may all cause you to feel nervous and stressed out. While anxiety may help you deal with stressful situations, it can also cause problems when anxiety becomes the rule, rather than the exception. If your daily activities, work, sleep, or relationships are harmed by continuous worry, it may be time to take some proactive measures.
Uncomfortable as they may be, anxiety disorders are quite frequent. On average, one-third of all individuals will suffer from debilitating anxiety at some point throughout their lives. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Feeling restless, jumpy, or on edge
- Excessive worrying about everyday decisions
- Difficulty concentrating
- A racing heart or cold, clammy hands
- Trembling or twitching
- Having trouble catching your breath
- Feeling dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded
- Difficulty sleeping
If any of these symptoms seem familiar and ongoing for you personally, call for an evaluation to see if treatment is right for you.
Within a few days of feeling melancholy, most people are back to their usual selves. However, if you have been sad for a considerable amount of time, you can’t seem to get out of bed, or these feelings are affecting your everyday routine, it may be depression.
Those who suffer from depression may feel guilty, unworthy, or have low self-esteem. This might lead them to avoid social situations altogether. Even the most severe forms of depression can be treated. If you’ve been experiencing some of the following symptoms for at least two weeks, you may be dealing with depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and weight changes
Depression is common but has a serious effect on your mental wellbeing. If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, reach out now for an evaluation.
Some individuals may acquire post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to being exposed to upsetting, frightful, or hazardous incidents, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. After a traumatic occurrence like this, it’s natural to feel anxious, on edge, or unable to sleep. PTSD may be the cause if symptoms persist for longer than a few months.
It is common to have flashbacks (reliving the traumatic incident), difficulties sleeping or terrible nightmares, avoidance of thoughts and feelings connected to the traumatic event, irritability, anger, and misdirected emotions such as guilt or blame.
Our staff is trained in trauma-informed care. We recognize that anyone can have traumatic events from their past that can affect the way they live and think today.
When suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you experience recurring, distressing thoughts known as obsessions. To get rid of these thoughts, you continue the same acts repeated. These are known as compulsive behaviors.
Obsessions and compulsions are both possible indicators of OCD. These symptoms might affect all elements of one’s life, including employment, education, and personal relationships.
Types of obsessions include:
- Fear of germs or contamination
- Unwanted forbidden thoughts involving sex, religion, or harm
- Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
- Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order
Common compulsions include:
- Excessive cleaning and handwashing
- Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way
- Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door is locked or that the oven is off
- Compulsive counting
Effective treatment for OCD often includes a medical component and a therapeutic component. We offer evidence-based modalities that interrupt the obsessive, compulsive, and anxiety cycle to bring our clients a higher level of serenity.
For clients with stable cases of schizoaffective disorder, 449 offers specialized treatment plans that provide tools for a more serene daily life. Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that includes features of schizophrenia and a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder or depression.
Methods like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and others have been shown clinically to improve client outcomes. These effective therapies allow clients to gain new skills and techniques for overcoming symptoms. Individuals learn to regulate feelings and control negative thought patterns.
Substance abuse issues, also known as addiction or substance use disorder (SUD), is the dependence – physical, mental, or both – on a chemical substance. It is the repeated use of a substance or substances that alter the state of mind. Someone struggling with substance abuse has, at some point, lost the ability to control their intake of a substance.
One of the most significant signs of addiction is that a person continues to take substances despite the damage it is doing to their physical health, academic or professional performance, or interpersonal relationships. The most common substances of addiction include:
- Opioids: heroin, morphine, opiate pain killers
- Hypnotics and sedatives: barbiturates, diazepam
- Stimulants: amphetamine, cocaine
- Hallucinogens: lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), phencyclidine (PCP), mescaline
- Cannabinoids: marijuana, hashish
For those battling substance abuse, 449 offers a treatment plan that addresses the problems underlying the condition. Only once the root of the trouble is discovered and treated can recovery truly take place.
If you feel you may have a problem with substance use, reach out now for more information or an evaluation. We are here as a resource for anyone struggling with substance abuse or with any of these disorders.
449 Recovery offers the most effective treatments available for a wide range of mental health issues. For more information on anything we treat, call us now at (949) 435-7449.
Dr. Warren Taff MD, graduated from the University of Birmingham, England School of Medicine, with a BA from Rutgers University. He then went on to UCLA School of Public Health in Los Angeles Health and Human Services and received an MPH. He also attended an internship in internal medicine, with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Taff’s residency includes General Psychiatry at USC, with elective residencies at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and Royal College of Psychiatry. Board certifications include American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Taff has extensive experience in both psychiatry and addiction medicine, extending from 1979 to present. He has held professional titles that include Chief of Staff and Medical Directorship in both hospitals and private sectors.