Finding the right type of mental health care can be an intimidating. For some, concentrated inpatient care is necessary to address an acute crisis. For others, intensive outpatient care conducted while living at home can provide the right level of support.
It’s important for those experiencing mental health challenges to know they have options and can receive care customized to their needs.
Here are some questions to ask yourself or a loved one when finding an effective treatment option:
Does your current environment promote comfort or stress?
For many individuals living with mental health conditions, time away from certain people, environments and other triggers provides the opportunity to practice healthy coping mechanisms. If someone is struggling at home and would like to prioritize their recovery, inpatient care is a great option. This method comes with oversight from a medical physician and focused, 24/7 support to promote healing.
Those who need mental health support but find comfort in a familiar environment and daily routine may prefer outpatient care. This flexible option is tailored to each patient’s needs and allows them to receive intensive care while remaining in a place where they feel safe.
Is the stressor chronic or temporary?
With the turmoil and constant change of the last couple of years, more people than ever are pursuing mental health treatment. In fact, research shows one out of every six Americans entered therapy for the first time in 2020. People who are facing situational stressors such as job loss, burnout or loss of a loved one may benefit from short-term mental health treatment that focuses on goals and coping skills.
If you’re experiencing chronic symptoms of mental health conditions that have affected your daily life and relationships for an extended period, long-term mental health treatment may be needed to determine the root cause of these persistent issues and how to address them going forward.
Would you find strength from being in a group or individualized support?
For individuals who feel isolated due to their mental health challenges or lack support from loved ones, group therapy can be effective and encouraging. This allows individuals with similar experiences to work towards healing together and fosters an open, supportive environment.
Some people may be more hesitant to share their experiences in front of others out of fear of judgement or privacy concerns. In this case, one-on-one therapy may be the best choice. Each part of the experience is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and allows them to feel comfortable sharing their feelings in a safe, intimate setting.
Oceans Healthcare offers inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment programs for adolescents, adults and seniors. Care is tailored to each person’s diagnosis and promotes long-term healing. Our programs help patients attain the best possible quality of life through individual and group therapies, mental health education and management of co-occurring medical conditions.