Mental health encompasses an enormous range of conditions. There are nearly as many separate mental conditions as there are physical illnesses.
In this blog post we will explore some of the more common mental health conditions that we help with. Please bear in mind that this list is far from complete; our services and trained mental health nurses can help you manage almost any diagnosed condition.
When you’re struggling with a mental health condition, it’s important to get the right help quickly. At Socium we pride ourselves on our strong track record of helping clients manage their conditions. Our services are a fantastic supplement to your treatment, helping you manage daily life.
It’s important to recognise that everyone’s experience of mental health is unique. Symptoms and severity differ from person to person, and can change over time. Mental health conditions are often diagnosed with different levels of severity:
Mild mental health conditions present with a few symptoms and have a limited impact on day to day life.
Moderate conditions present with more symptoms. Moderate conditions have a significant impact on daily life, often making day to day activities far more difficult than usual.
Severe mental health conditions present with a lot of symptoms. These symptoms combine to make managing daily life extremely difficult.
Depression can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Most commonly characterised by a persistent low mood and loss of interest in or enjoyment of hobbies and other activities.
Other outward symptoms of depression include low concentration and energy levels, disturbed sleep and reduced appetite. Someone suffering with depression could also experience a loss of self-esteem or self-worth, and feelings of guilt.
Depression can range from mild to severe, and every person suffering with depression will experience symptoms. We offer a number of services to help clients manage depression. Our Check-In service is a great way to help you keep on top, offering a weekly call with a professional mental health nurse.
General Anxiety Disorder
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a persistent feeling of tension and dread, often without a clear source. While GAD is less intense than a panic attack, the feelings of anxiety can last much longer. In severe cases, anxiety can make normal life extremely difficult to manage.
Socium Check-In is a fantastic supplement to other forms of therapy. Check-Ins are a weekly catch-up, covering your current mental state, how you’ve been coping with daily life and how you’ve been managing any medication you’re prescribed. Find out more about our check in service here.
Panic attacks can be debilitating. A panic attack can be brought on by feelings of stress or anxiety, and are characterised by an increased heart rate, fast, shallow breathing and an intense sense of dread.
Severe cases of panic disorder can be difficult to manage. Many of our clients find our live-in care enormously helpful when managing a panic disorder. Our live-in carers are registered mental health nurses who can help you identify triggers, manage medications and cope with day to day activities.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition. OCD can vary widely in severity; people with severe OCD can find daily life extremely difficult to manage.
OCD presents with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours; one common obsession is cleanliness, which can lead to compulsive cleaning of one’s house or body. People with OCD often have quite complex treatment plans, giving them several points of contact. Our Case Management service is designed to help you and your loved ones stay abreast of your care, giving you one point of contact to speak to. Our experienced case managers can help you navigate your treatment, keeping you on track to recovery.
Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis. Someone who has it might not be able to tell the difference between their own thoughts and reality. Schizophrenia often presents with auditory or visual hallucinations.
Schizophrenia can be very difficult to live with; people with severe forms of the condition can need more specialised care, and often have very complex treatment plans. Our live-in mental health nurses provide a level of stability and consistency that can be difficult for people with schizophrenia to manage by themselves.
Bipolar disorder is generally considered to have two types. With Bipolar 1, symptoms present with quite severe mood swings, going from one extreme to the other, often quite rapidly.
Bipolar 2 is not as easy to spot. Manic episodes are less pronounced in bipolar type 2, so it may be mistaken for depression.
Either type of bipolar disorder can require complex treatment. Our case management team can help you keep track of your treatment and ensure your voice is heard.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that’s caused by frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD will often have flashbacks or nightmares centred around their past experience, which causes feelings of isolation, stress, irritability, and even guilt.
Our live-in mental health care service is ideal for many people living with PTSD. Our registered mental health nurses help our clients stay on top of medication and manage daily life.
Someone living with a personality disorder may struggle to relate to others, or may think, feel or behave in a different way to other people. There are many different kinds of personality disorder, but they can all make daily life challenging.
Our Check-In service gives our clients someone to speak to consistently about their care and treatment. Check-In is a great way to gauge the mental state of our clients without impacting their independence.
At Socium, we put our clients’ care at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we like to speak to all of our clients before we suggest any services.
If you’re living with any of the conditions we’ve spoken about, or any other mental health condition, please get in touch with the team to discuss our services.