Mental Health Conditions
Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that anxiety disorders are the number one mental health problem among American women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. alone have suffered from panic attacks, phobias or other anxiety disorders in the past year.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when a person has excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least 6 months and finds it difficult to control the worry. He/she may be feeling restless, easily fatigued, irritable, unable to concentrate and tense. Sleep disturbances are also common. Types and severity of anxiety varies and can cause significant impairment in activities of daily living if left untreated.
What are some causes of anxiety?
- Childhood circumstances
- Cumulative stress over time
- Significant personal loss
- Significant life change
- Stimulants and recreational drugs
- Anxious self-talk
- Mistaken beliefs
- Withheld feelings
…and the list goes on.
If you, someone you know or one of your patients is experiencing any form of anxiety, please know that there is help and hope.
Please call us to schedule a time to meet with a professional who can help lower stress and discuss and decrease the symptoms of anxiety.
Depression goes much deeper than a passing blue mood, and people with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or even years. However, there is hope and help for people who suffer from depression…
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself and the way one thinks about things. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
Below is a checklist of 10 symptoms of clinical depression. If you or your patient experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks, or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with a daily routine, referral for mental health treatment is advised.
- Thoughts of death or suicide (require immediate mental health intervention)
- A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Restlessness or irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
Outpatient psychotherapy, partial hospitalization (short-term mental health treatment five-days-a- week) and psychiatric medication management are all available right here at St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network.
If despite your best efforts to remain upbeat this holiday season, you find yourself down for a sustained period of time, get help. Don't try to "tough it out" alone. There are treatment options available to you that could make a significant difference in your life.
Bipolar Disorder is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life.
Bipolar Disorder patients experience unusual changes and shifts in mood. A common misconception of bipolar mood changes is that they are quick and drastic. In reality, the mood shifts are quite often gradual. An episode, whether depressive or manic, can last for weeks, months and even years. It can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance and even suicide. But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
Depressive episodes can include:
- Excessive crying
- Loss of pleasure
- Abnormal sleep
- Low energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of Appetite or overeating
- Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Manic episodes can include:
- Inappropriate sense of euphoria
- Racing thoughts
- Extreme irritability
- Rage attacks
- Reckless behavior
- Excessive energy
- Excessive spending
- Unsafe promiscuity
- Abuse of Alcohol and drugs
- Sleeping too little
- Excessive or rapid speech
To read more about Bipolar Disorder, click here.
For more information, or to make a referral, please call:
Innovations Partial Hospitalization Program at 451 W. Chew Street, Allentown, PA
Blue Mountain Partial Program at 512 Bank Street, Bowmanstown, PA
Behavioral Health Intake at 257 Broadhead Road, Bethlehem, PA (psychiatric evaluation or outpatient counseling)