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What is Mental Health?

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.

Mental health is unique to every one of us; it does not discriminate. Anyone can develop a mental health problem at various points within their life. However, the fantastic news is that no one has to suffer in silence if they struggle with mental health. Here at Park San Diego, we provide specialist mental health and addiction treatment for anyone who has decided to seek help. 


Mental illness, also referred to as mental health disorders, is a disease that affects your mood, thinking, and behavior.  Experiencing a mental illness can make you miserable and cause problems in your daily life, such as school, work, or relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and various therapy techniques depending on several factors. You don’t have to suffer in silence – get help today for your mental health problems.

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5.2% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2019. This represents 1 in 20 adults.

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20.6% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2019. This represents 1 in 5 adults.

The cycle of Mental Health

Social and Environmental: Exposure to traumatic environments, drugs, alcohol, and abuse from an early age are factors in which an individual has a significant risk of developing a combination of mental health illnesses later on in life. 


Biology: If there is a history of mental illnesses in an individual family, there is an increased risk of you developing at least one mental health disorder within your lifetime. Certain genes may trigger a breakdown during a particular time in your life which will subsequently lead to you experiencing a mental health episode or long-standing disorder. 


Psychology: Several psychological factors are known to contribute to mental health disorders. Individuals who have experienced awful, traumatic situations or the loss of a parent within an early point in life can significantly increase the risk of an individual developing several mental health disorders.  

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Mental and physical symptoms of mental health

The signs and symptoms of mental health are unique to each individual; however, there is a range of general symptoms that most individuals will experience. This can take for as:

Mental signs and symptoms to look out for:

Feelings of dread

Uncontrollable over-thinking

Difficulties concentrating

Feelings of dread, panic or ‘impending doom’

Feeling irritable

Heightened alertness

Problems with sleep

Loss in in appetite

Wanting to escape

Physical signs and symptoms to look out for

Profusely sweating

Heavy or fast breathing

Hot flushes or blushing

Dry mouth

Shaking, dizziness and fainting

Hair loss

Fast heartbeat

Extreme tiredness or lack of energy

Wanting to escape

Stomach aches or sharp pains

Feeling constantly nauseous

Selfcare tips for Mental Health

Self Care activities and techniques alongside general lifestyle changes can be immensely effective in aiding individuals regarding their mental health symptoms. Additionally, looking after yourself mentally will further help you develop worse symptoms or develop an additional mental health illness. Below we have listed some tips that have greatly helped clients’ mental health. 


If you find these tips are effective in helping your mental health symptoms, please do not stop taking your medication or attending your therapy sessions unless instructed by a medical professional here at Park Mental Health.

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Understand your Mental Disorder

Stay aware and ensure you allow yourself time to understand your mental health illness. If it helps you, ask loved ones and trusted friends if you can be open and honest with them about your mental health.   

Keep a mood diary

Keeping track of your moods can help you identify what situations, environments for individuals may trigger your mental health symptoms. Once you identify what causes your symptoms, you can actively change your life to halt these negative triggers. 

Build your self-esteem

Take the time and steps to build your self-esteem to allow yourself to feel comfortable within your mind and body. You are an outstanding, unique individual, and you need to see that within yourself. It can be beneficial to look straight in a mirror and point out everything you love about yourself, even if it is something very minor like the length of your eyelashes. Start speaking to yourself positively. 

Nourish your social life

Encourage yourself to connect to your family and friends; you will be amazed at how quickly your life will start feeling more positive. Ensure the members you connect with are positive individuals that will support you. Whether you simply send someone a small message or a funny video, start opening that communication. 

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Take the first steps to feeling like you again

Mental health disorders and addiction can take their toll on your mental, physical and emotional health. If left untreated, it can leave you feeling helpless, as if you have fallen into a black hole in which there is no return. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The medical professionals here at Park San Diego have decades of research and evidenced-based treatments to specifically create each and every one person a treatment plan to fit your needs. 


Admitting to yourself that you need help and actively going out of your way to get yourself help is the hardest part of your journey. Once you have contacted a member of our team, you will never again be alone in your journey to recovery. Alongside your loved ones, you will have either a therapist or a psychiatrist by your side every step of the way. Besides emotionally supporting you when you find the treatment challenging, they will continually assess your progress to ensure your treatment does not need altering to ensure that you receive that at are receiving the most effective treatment.


Receive your personalized treatment plan and begin to feel more like yourself again, whether through therapy, medication, or a combination of both. 

If you have found yourself or a loved one experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of anxiety, please do get in contact with a member of our team to receive the care and help you need.

Family Therapy

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental health issue, you may not be aware that you can attend family therapy as a unit. Studies have shown when an individual and is that and well-being when an individual, the happiness and well-being that ly the individual fighting the mental health issue but the entire family is significantly increased. 

Family therapy also referred to as a family and systemic psychotherapy, is beneficial for working through the family unit is experiencing. The family therapist that has been assigned to you will have specialists trained in working with the complex dynamics that often present themselves within families. The therapist will help families support each other, listen and understand from everyone’s point of view. Your family therapist is there to create a happier, harmonious life for every family member while working, specifically together to fight mental illness. During family therapy, you will have the opportunity to:

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a particular type of talking therapy based upon the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy. DBT has been formulated to cater to individuals who feel intense emotions daily. The main goal of DBT is to teach and encourage individuals to live in the moment, regulate their emotions, develop healthy coping strategies to deal with stress, and learn to improve their relationships with one another. 


During DBT sessions, you will work with your therapist to learn positive lifelong skills that will allow you to deal with any challenge that may come your way. You will know a range of new skills which can include but is not limited to:

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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a highly effective interactive psychotherapy technique used to significantly relieve the psychological stress that an individual may be experiencing. Individuals, particularly if they find it challenging to speak about the experience without triggering themselves. 


EMDR is an effective past traumatic treatment option for individuals who may be suffering from:

Scientific studies have shown that remembering past trauma during rapid eye movements allows the brain to completely process the traumatic memories correctly and integrate them into the individual life without triggering them. 

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Medical Treatment

Finding the proper medication that suits your lifestyle, mental health disorder, and personality can make all the difference when it comes to your recovery. When you receive expert treatment at Park Mental Health & Addiction San Diego, you will never be prescribed a one-size-fits-all treatment. Our medical professionals have decades of experience and knowledge. Therefore, they will carefully assess your condition, environment, specific goals, requirements, and needs before speaking through the types of treatment that we believe would benefit you. 


The medical profession explicitly assigned to you will stay by your side the entire treatment plan until you feel more like yourself. Your psychiatrist will continually assess your performance and make timely adjustments to your medication to ensure your treatment plan is as effective as it can be. 


You will be assessed or a variety of factors to determine the best type of medication for you to be on; this can include elements such as:

There are a variety of mental health issues, all of which need a specific treatment to effectively help you cope with your symptoms to help you manage with your symptoms effectively.

Getting started has never been so simple.

Together we will help you feel like yourself again. By following the below three steps, we can get you on the road to recovery. We are looking forwards to meeting you and working on understanding how we can effectively benefit your life.

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Every diagnosis is different. That is why we provide a personal consultation with our clinical team to carefully build a treatment plan tailored to you.

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Every diagnosis is different. That is why we provide a personal consultation with our clinical team to carefully build a treatment plan tailored to you.


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