The experience of a nervous breakdown can be frightening. It may leave you feeling out of control in your own life. A breakdown is not in itself a mental illness, but it is a serious mental health issue. And by finding out what triggered it or what mental illness may underlie this kind of episode, you can take steps to get treatment and prevent future episodes. Residential treatment in a safe, calm, and gender-specific environment is a great way to learn how to take back control and live your best life.
Stress and pressure at work, difficult relationships at home, a major loss, a struggle with depression—all these and more can trigger a nervous breakdown, especially if you don’t have the healthy coping mechanisms necessary to manage them.
A nervous breakdown is not a mental illness, but it may be a symptom of one. Or, it may be triggered by major life challenges that coincide to overwhelm you. Whatever the underlying cause, there is hope. What you need is an evaluation and diagnosis, a stable, safe environment, a supportive community, and mental health professionals who can provide top-notch treatment.
Treatment for Nervous Breakdowns at Helix
Nervous breakdown isn’t a mental illness or a diagnosis, but it is a very real type of mental health crisis that can range from mild and short-lived to severe and deeply disruptive. It may be a symptom of a mental illness, and is more likely to occur if you are not getting effective treatment for an anxiety disorder, a trauma disorder, depression, or other issues.
The symptoms of a nervous breakdown vary by individual and situation, but generally they include:
- Feeling isolated and withdrawn from others
- Feeling overwhelmed by life and responsibilities
- Being unable to concentrate and getting distracted a lot
- Major mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping, fatigue
- Chronic pains, like headaches or muscle aches
- Feeling disconnected or detached from your surroundings
- Feeling paranoid
- Thinking of self-harm
At Helix Treatment Centers, these symptoms will be addressed and managed, but most importantly for a nervous breakdown, treatment will focus on the underlying causes. It is essential to identify these because when you are able to manage them, breakdowns will stop occurring.
Treatment varies depending on what’s triggering your breakdowns. In general, though, it will focus on individual therapy and medical care if appropriate. You’ll also learn how to manage stress in healthier ways and process any past trauma that may contribute to mental health crises.
Different types of therapy are useful for managing specific symptoms and mental illnesses. Most start with a foundation in behavioral therapy, which involves recognizing, managing, and changing negative behaviors and thoughts. This kind of therapy can be adjusted to focus on healing from trauma, managing stress, stabilizing moods, controlling and lessening anxiety, and managing substance use.
Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Nervous Breakdown Treatment?
A nervous breakdown makes you feel scared, out of control, and detached. What you need to heal is more than just effective and expert treatment. You also need an environment that is safe and nurturing. At Helix, you’ll share the facility with just a handful of other female residents. The setting is serene and quiet, and the feeling is of a community of support, not a hospital.
It’s especially important to choose residential treatment if you have severe breakdowns, if you aren’t functioning at work or home, if you have self-harmed or thought about suicide, and if you have tried other solutions or treatments that haven’t been effective.
Treatment in a women-only, dedicated residential facility like Helix provides you with the safety you need to explore what triggers your nervous breakdown episodes, whether that is a past trauma you need to process or a mental illness that is not well managed.
Commonly Treated Nervous Breakdown Diagnoses at Helix
One of the first things you’ll do at Helix is undergo a thorough mental health evaluation. There are many reasons you may have breakdowns, potentially multiple. You need to know what those are in order to heal and learn to prevent a future crisis. Some of the potential diagnoses you may get that can be effectively treated at Helix include:
- Major depression
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder
- Substance use disorder
- Disordered eating
- Burnout syndrome, related to being stressed at work
- Phase of life issues, such as empty nest syndrome or complex grief
Some of these diagnoses may represent causes of a nervous breakdown, while others may co-occur or be a part of a mental health crisis. At Helix, you will get treatment to address these complicated interactions.
What to Expect Your First Day
Your first day of residential treatment is a big step, but if you know what to expect it will be a little easier. First, know that our staff understands your discomfort and will give you all the time and space you need to decompress and settle in.
Before diving into the real work of assessment and treatment, you will have a chance to tour the facility, get unpacked, explore on your own, and meet and get to know other residents. Then you’ll meet with your intake specialist to go through paperwork.
Within the first 24 hours, although not necessarily on the first day, expect to meet with a psychiatrist for an evaluation. You will then meet with your primary therapist. You will get diagnoses and begin to contribute to the development of your individualized treatment plan.
Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience
The experience of receiving care at Helix is restorative, supportive, and peaceful. The natural setting and the small-group environment helps ensure you will feel safe and serene here. Additionally, the experience involves expert care from some of the best, most caring professionals in the field.
The daily experience at Helix varies a little but follows a general pattern. Mornings include breakfast, quiet reflection, and one-on-one therapy sessions. You’ll enjoy a healthy lunch and then participate in group sessions and activities in the afternoon.
Some of the options for activities and alternative therapies include equine therapy, biofeedback, group therapy, mindfulness training, sandplay, adventure therapy, exercise and fitness, nutrition, outdoor activities and recreation, and more. In the evening, enjoy a nice dinner and more quiet reflective time. Weekends are less structured and include outings to the surrounding area.
Lasting Change for a Better Life
Nervous breakdowns do not have to be a way of life. They are reactions to stress and mental illness, but they can be managed, minimized, and even eliminated. The main goal of treatment at Helix is to help you live a better life. This means making changes that you can carry with you into your life at home.
In addition to specific treatment for your underlying mental illnesses, you’ll learn healthy coping strategies. These will help you manage stress, traumatic memories, relapses of mental illness symptoms, and difficult situations that are out of your control. With effective treatment now, you can take your life back and live well again.
Don’t let the effects of a nervous breakdown your life. We’re here to help. Call us today.