What We Treat
The Banyan Mental Health Program is a unique approach that focuses on a fully comprehensive mental health treatment plan.
Mental illness is a broad term that encompasses many individual diagnoses. Banyan’s Mental Health Programs specialize in treating mood and thought disorders, which can range from mild to severe. Our licensed clinicians work to develop in-depth, personalized treatment plans for each patient upon intake, utilizing the best therapeutic methods to meet their unique needs.
Thought Disorders are marked by illogical, delusional cognitive function or speech. They are characteristic of psychotic mental illness, and can include hallucinations and paranoia. Those who suffer from thought disorders often lose touch with reality and it can be difficult for them to decipher their surroundings.
Mood Disorders, also known as Affective Disorders, are psychiatric illnesses that result in abnormal or extreme emotional states.. As the level of severity increases, the disorders can interfere with a patient’s quality of life and ability to complete daily tasks. This is commonly seen in those struggling with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
When a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously it is knows as a co-occurring disorder or dual-diagnosis. Addiction, alcoholism, and substance abuse disorders often intertwine with challenges such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, roughly 50 percent of individuals with mental disorders are also affected by substance abuse.
At Banyan Mental Health, a safe place for mental illness treatment in South Florida, we offer compassionate treatments for co-occurring, also known as dual diagnosis, disorders. Successful treatment for this type of diagnosis includes therapy and rehab support to treat the substance abuse aspect of the diagnosis. Our mental health and treatment professionals can address each aspect of a dual diagnosis.
Mental Illness as a primary and only diagnosis
Mental illnesses cause disturbances in thoughts or behaviors, which result in a person’s inability to cope with life’s challenges. Routines and simple tasks can be overwhelming for a person who has a mental illness or disorder. Many people who have a mental illness have a mood or anxiety disorder. These include:
- Adjustment Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders (Generalized, OCD, Panic)
- Attachment Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Grief and loss
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-Injury or Self-harming behaviors
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Known as affective disorders, mood and anxiety disorders are some of the most common disorders our patients face. Mania, hypomania, and depressed mood are common expressions of mood and anxiety disorders. Bipolar disorder, depression, and major depression are all mood disorders. Managing the highs and lows of these disorders can be exhausting for anyone. Some mood and anxiety disorders can also be caused by, or cause, substance abuse disorders as well.
There are many subsets of bipolar disorder, including Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder. Symptoms of these disorders can vary but may include manic and depressive stages with pronounced highs and lows. Substance abuse may occur at different stages of bipolar disorders. Cyclothymic disorder is similar to bipolar disorder, but it typically involves less pronounced highs and lows.
Depression is classified by changes in mood, thought, and behavior. Major depression often leads to improper coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse. Depression can be seasonal, caused by hormonal shifts, or lifelong. But a mental health program can help patients develop healthy coping strategies.
There are many subsets of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder and OCD. Anxiety is a part of life for everyone at one point or another, but when anxiety causes problems, it’s time to address the disorder. Problematic anxiety lasts for weeks, months, or years. It also results in avoidance of certain places or things. Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, nausea, and dry mouth.
Thought disorders cause a person to fall out of touch with reality. Types of thought disorders include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder. These disorders can result in auditory, visual, and tactile hallucinations. The delusions caused by thought disorders can be damaging as well.
At Banyan Mental Health, we offer treatment for these and many other mental health disorders. Our treatments include therapy and sobriety support. We personalize each treatment approach to meet specific patient needs, giving each patient the tools they need to find a happy, healthy, and sober tomorrow. Contact us today to learn how we can support optimal mental health.