What is Depression?

Prolonged depression can be a debilitating psychological disorder. Depression is often expressed as persistent unhappiness, hopelessness, loss of interest and/or pleasure in usual activities, difficulty concentrating, insomnia or oversleeping, fatigue, and anxiety. Depression can be caused by a number of factors, most involving trauma in some form. If left untreated, depression can seriously impact the quality of – or even ruin – an individual’s life.

What are the effects of depression?

Individuals suffering from depression often lack the motivation to get out of bed and can lose interest in the activities they once enjoyed. Since depression causes individuals to feel as if they are carrying a burden no one else can comprehend, those suffering from the disorder will isolate themselves from loved ones and trusted friends.

While depression is overwhelming, there is hope. Even the most severe and complicated cases of depression are treatable, and with the proper care, individuals can enjoy a life free from the illness.

The Meadows Can Help

At The Meadows treatment center in Arizona, our competent and compassionate clinicians and therapists specialize in treating not only the symptoms of depression but also the underlying causes. We help patients heal and find freedom from debilitating depression, and learn the skills necessary to build and re-build fulfilling relationships.

Panic and Anxiety Disorder Treatment?

All panic and anxiety disorders share the common symptom of excited, intense, and enduring fear or concern in circumstances where a person typically wouldn’t feel scared or worried. Individuals suffering from anxiety disorders often experience intense, sustained anxiety and nervousness. Analogous to an anxiety disorder, a panic disorder is marked by recurring, unpredicted panic attacks.

What are the effects of panic and anxiety disorders?

Various issues arising from panic/anxiety disorders include sadness, low motivation, substance abuse, and health problems. Problems can arise when the original disorder is paired with continual nervousness. Never abating or taking a break, nervousness can leave individuals so consumed by fear and drained of energy that they are unable to maintain relationships and usual activities.

Symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders include:

  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Stomach upset or dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors and twitching
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Individuals with a panic disorder are likely to avoid cramped public areas, such as shopping malls or airplanes. Some can associate their frequent panic attacks with a specific location, such as a bridge, a tower, or railroad tracks.

An individual may suffer just one panic attack, while others may experience frequent episodes. Many people suffer from recurrent periods of panic and anxiety, unaware of a specific cause.

The symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling or shaking
  • A choking feeling
  • Feeling detached from your surroundings
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Hot or cold flashes

Get Help for Your Panic and Anxiety Disorder

With proper panic and treatment for anxiety disorders, individuals can recover from anxiety/panic disorders in a relatively short time. The Meadows treatment center in Arizona has been helping clients manage panic and anxiety disorders for more than 35 years.

Therapies utilized depend on the type and severity of symptoms, as well as any possible causes. In most cases, clients improve through therapy used in tandem with appropriate medication.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious psychological condition that causes individuals to experience extreme shifts in mood, attitude, behavior, and energy. Sufferers of bipolar disorder experience manic highs and depressive lows which can last for prolonged periods of time.

An individual experiencing bipolar disorder will find symptoms worsen over the years. Since the disorder carries with it an increased risk of suicide and drug and alcohol addiction, it is important for individuals with bipolar disorder to seek professional treatment.

What are the effects of bipolar disorder?

Individuals experiencing bipolar disorder will experience extreme manic highs and extreme depressive lows. The mood swings experienced in individuals suffering from bipolar disorder can last for weeks or even months, and inhibit the ability to function and maintain relationships.

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms commonly expressed by patients include:

  • Extreme highs or optimism, followed by despair, sadness, or emotional numbness
  • Severe irritability and/or angry outbursts
  • False, unrealistic, and inflated beliefs about one’s talents and capacities
  • Increased rates of speech and thoughts
  • Trouble focusing on tasks or concentrating
  • Diminished capacity for judgment
  • Uncontrolled spontaneity without a sense of consequences
  • Delusional thinking and hallucinations
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Tiredness
  • Physical and mental laziness
  • Appetite/weight changes
  • Trouble sleeping or extreme changes in sleeping patterns
  • Inability to remember things
  • Feelings of despair, insignificance, unworthiness, or guilt
  • Preoccupation with death or ideas about suicide

Individuals experiencing the above symptoms should seek professional help to see if their condition is, in fact, bipolar disorder and how they can regain control over their lives.

The Meadows can help

Bipolar disorder is a very serious condition. The Meadows’ Depression Program can help individuals suffering from bipolar disorder regain control over their lives and energy. We offer a meticulously designed, holistic program that focuses on healing all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit.