Our collective experiential learning has led us to realise that drug and alcohol de-addiction, or psychological flourishing/well being can be achieved by building coping skills in individuals and cultivating an emotional balance.
Integrating simple methods of modern psychology, current emotion research, and thousand-year-old contemplative practices provide a platform for self-transformation.
Such an integrated training would help the participant reach their full potential, develop meaningful relations, career growth, achieve educational targets, and become acceptable and contributing members of society.
One can reach this flourishing stage by balancing the 4 factors -
Generating a mindset of ethical actions and cultivating the desire for wellbeing.
Developing a realistic formula by engaging with the world without projecting assumptions and false perceptions.
Sustaining a voluntary flow of attention suffused by ease, focus, and clarity.
Enhancing emotional awareness to create positive responses and behaviours and cultivate emotional intelligence.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.
But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. Mental illness is a leading cause of disability. Untreated mental illness can cause severe emotional, behavioural, and physical health problems. Complications sometimes linked to mental illness include:
Unhappiness and decreased enjoyment of life
Relationship difficulties including sexual dysfunction or uninterest
Problems with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
Missed work or school, or other problems related to work or school
Legal and financial problems
Poverty and homelessness
Self-harm and harm to others, including suicide or homicide
Weakened immune system, so your body has a hard time resisting infections and other medical conditions
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If you have any signs or symptoms of any mental illness and facing the complications listed above, see your primary care provider or a Mental Health Professional. Most mental illnesses don't improve on their own, and if untreated, a mental illness may get worse over time and cause serious problems.
HELPING A LOVED ONE
If your loved one shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with them about these concerns. You can also help your loved one find a qualified mental health professional and make an appointment.
If your loved one has committed or is considering self-harm, and/or if they have harmed others, take them to the hospital or call for emergency help.
WHAT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. Examples of signs and symptoms include:
Feeling sad or down
Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
Withdrawal from friends and activities
Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
Problems with alcohol or drug use
Major changes in eating habits
Sex drive changes
Excessive anger, hostility or violence
Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headaches, or other unexplained aches and pains.
DETERMINING WHAT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES YOU MAY HAVE
Sometimes it's difficult to find out which mental illness may be causing your symptoms. But taking the time and effort to get an accurate diagnosis will help determine the appropriate treatment. The more information you have, the more you will be prepared to work with your mental health professional in understanding what your symptoms may represent. At the centre determine a diagnosis and check for related complications, we go through the following steps:
A PHYSICAL EXAM
Your doctor will try to rule out physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
These may include, for example, a check of your thyroid function or a screening for alcohol and drugs.
A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
A mental health professional talks to you about your symptoms, thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to help answer these questions.
WE PROVIDE TREATMENT SERVICES FOR ISSUES SUCH AS
This class covers a wide range of problems that usually begin in infancy or childhood, often before the child begins grade school. Examples include autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders.
BIPOLAR & RELATED
This class includes disorders with alternating episodes of mania — periods of excessive activity, energy and excitement — and depression.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by the anticipation of future danger or misfortune, along with excessive worrying. It can include behavior aimed at avoiding situations that cause anxiety. This class includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias.
TRAUMA & STRESSOR RELATED DISORDERS
These are adjustment disorders in which a person has trouble coping during or after a stressful life event. Examples include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder.
SOMATIC SYMPTOM & RELATED DISORDERS
A person with one of these disorders may have physical symptoms that cause major emotional distress and problems functioning. There may or may not be another diagnosed medical condition associated with these symptoms, but the reaction to the symptoms is not normal.
SUBSTANCE RELATED &
These include problems associated with the excessive use of alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and drugs. This class also includes gambling disorder.
Neurocognitive disorders affect your ability to think and reason. These acquired (rather than developmental) cognitive problems include delirium, as well as neurocognitive disorders due to conditions or diseases such as traumatic brain injury or Alzheimer's disease.
SCHIZOPHRENIA SPECTRUM & OTHER PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS
Psychotic disorders cause detachment from reality — such as delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking and speech. The most notable example is schizophrenia, although other classes of disorders can be associated with detachment from reality at times.
These include disorders that affect how you feel emotionally, such as the level of sadness and happiness, and they can disrupt your ability to function. Examples include major depressive disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
These disorders involve preoccupations or obsessions and repetitive thoughts and actions. Examples include obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder and hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania).
These are disorders in which your sense of self is disrupted, such as with dissociative identity disorder and dissociative amnesia.
A personality disorder involves a lasting pattern of emotional instability and unhealthy behavior that causes problems in your life and relationships. Examples include borderline, antisocial and narcissistic personality disorders.
DISRUPTIVE, IMPULSE CONTROL & CONDUCT DISORDERS
These disorders include problems with emotional and behavioral self-control, such as kleptomania or intermittent explosive disorder.
These disorders include sexual interest that causes personal distress or impairment or causes potential or actual harm to another person. Examples are sexual sadism disorder, voyeuristic disorder and pedophilic disorder.
FEEDING & EATING
These disorders include disturbances related to eating that impact nutrition and health, such as anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
These disorders relate to the inappropriate elimination of urine or stool by accident or on purpose. Bed-wetting (enuresis) is an example.
OTHER MENTAL DISORDERS
These are disorders of sleep severe enough to require clinical attention, such as insomnia, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.
These include disorders of sexual response, such as premature ejaculation and female orgasmic disorder.
This class includes mental disorders that are due to other medical conditions or that don't meet the full criteria for one of the above disorders.
WHAT COULD BE CAUSING SUCH ISSUES?
Mental illnesses, in general, are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors:
Mental illness is more common in people whose blood relatives also have a mental illness. Certain genes may increase your risk of developing a mental illness, and your life situation may trigger it.
Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of your brain and body. When the neural networks involving these chemicals are impaired, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems change, leading to depression and other emotional disorders.
A disorder is the result of an interaction between a predispositional vulnerability (inherited traits or brain chemistry) and life experiences as well as environmental stressors. For example, a person may be vulnerable to become depressed, but may not develop depression unless they are exposed to specific environmental factors.
ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE BEFORE BIRTH
Exposure to environmental stressors, inflammatory conditions, toxins, alcohol, or drugs while in the womb can sometimes be linked to mental illness.
Certain factors may increase your risk of developing a mental illness, including:
A history of mental illness in a blood relative, such as a parent or sibling
Stressful life situations, such as financial problems, a loved one's death or a divorce
An ongoing (chronic) medical condition, such as diabetes
Brain damage as a result of a serious injury (traumatic brain injury), such as a violent blow to the head
Traumatic experiences, such as military combat or assault
Use of alcohol or recreational drugs
A childhood history of abuse or neglect
Few friends or few healthy relationships
A previous mental illness