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Medically reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Written by Tampa Bay Recovery staff
Updated on January 30, 2024


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Our mental health facilities in Tampa provide the professional help and care you need. Mental health has become a major concern in this country. The events of the past few years and COVID-19 have contributed to an uptick in the number of people suffering from mental illness. We can help you reduce your mental health symptoms and enjoy a more relaxed, happier life.

What Is a Mental Health Disorder?

The phrase “mental health disorders” refers to several different kinds of mental illnesses. They include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health disorders are characterized by causing negative impacts on a person’s emotional wellbeing. They affect a person’s moods, feelings, and thoughts. They can even cause a person to experience physical side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress and changes in sleep patterns.

Mental health disorders can be treated with talk therapy and other types of therapy. Additionally, many disorders respond to the use of medications. Treatment may only be needed over a short amount of time. Conversely, others may need long-term and even lifelong assistance managing their mental health. Often, the combination of therapy and medications results in reducing or eliminating several symptoms.


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What to Expect at Our Mental Health Facility

Treating mental health requires trained doctors, nurses, and counselors who understand the scope of treatment needed. Our mental health facilities in Tampa have the right staff to accomplish this. An initial exam is done to determine what mental health challenges are present. Additionally, physical health is determined, as it can impact what treatments are needed. 

The most common approach to mental health treatment involves talk therapy. Individual therapy helps a person process the source of their condition and ways to manage it. Group therapy can also offer great insight into enjoying better mental health. Medications play a major role in helping many people develop better mental health. Some medications are only needed on a short-term basis. Still, others work best when taken over longer periods of time. Which medications, if any, are needed can be discussed by the clinician and the person they are treating.

Signs and Symptoms of a Mental Health Disorder

When someone develops a mental health disorder, they begin to show signs. Some may be easier to identify than others. Common signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • A feeling of helplessness
  • Moodiness or irritability
  • Quick to anger
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and other activities
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Episodes of feeling sad or depressed
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Repetitive rituals

In addition to the emotional signs and symptoms above, some are physical in nature. They can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in weight
  • Lowered libido
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lethargy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Beginning to use or increasing usage of alcohol and drugs

The Stigma of Mental Illness

At our mental health facilities in Tampa, we recognize that it’s not easy to ask for help. For many, the stigma of admitting they need help managing their mental health feels intimidating. Fortunately, people have a greater understanding of mental illness today than in generations past. Multiple types of therapy exist, as well as medications that weren’t available in years past.

Shame and stigma over having a mental illness should never hold a person back from getting help. Unfortunately, it often does. They may feel it makes them weak. In reality, millions of people deal with mental illness. Feeling alone and scared can lead to a person trying to self-medicate by using drugs or alcohol. Subsequently, they often end up making their symptoms worse and risk developing an addiction. At Tampa Bay Recovery Center, we don’t see you as your illness, but rather a person suffering from one. Our job is to help you understand your symptoms, and learn how to manage them in daily life.

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Most Common Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders can manifest in several conditions. Some people have just one, while others struggle with two or more. Our mental health facilities in Tampa know how to make a full diagnosis of a person. From there, we can treat all mental diagnoses they have. Common mental health disorders include:

Anxiety Disorders: Over 40 million U.S. adults have an anxiety disorder. This makes them the most common mental illness in the country. Even children aged 3-17 experience anxiety each year at a rate of 7% of the population. 

Depression: More than just the blues, major depressive disorder has a major impact on those who deal with it. Depression causes constant feelings of sadness and hopelessness. If left untreated, it can lead to feeling suicidal. 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD causes a person to have obsessive thoughts they cannot control. In addition, they engage in compulsive behaviors that don’t make sense. Fears may center around cleanliness and trying to obtain a complete sense of organization.

Bipolar Disorder: This mental illness causes extreme mood swings. People with bipolar disorder cycle through emotional highs called mania or hypomania into lows of extreme depression.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD develops after a person has experienced a singular or repeated traumatic event. The events can include physical or sexual assault, military service or acts of war, being bullied, and natural disasters.

Schizophrenia: This condition is characterized by thoughts and actions that are often out of touch with reality. The person may experience hallucinations and beliefs not rooted in reality. 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD): This mental illness often starts in childhood. People with it have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time. They often act impulsively and feel hyperactive. 

Borderline Personality Disorder: People who struggle with this often act in emotionally unstable ways. They may act out impulsively, feel worthless, and may self-harm.

Services Offered at Our Mental Health Facilities in Tampa

Mental health facilities in Tampa understand how complicated treatment can be. For that reason, we offer multiple types of therapy. They begin with individual and group therapy. These are the cornerstones of talk therapy treatment. In addition, we have experts who can help in administering the following treatment modalities:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR therapy has been heralded as an effective way to treat trauma-based illnesses. Trained clinicians direct individuals to use certain eye movements along with hand movements while discussing their traumatic event. This helps reduce and even eliminate many symptoms, such as flashbacks and anxiety.

Brainspotting Therapy: This is similar to EMDR in that it helps address the after-effects of trauma. Brainspotting combines talk therapy with using fixed eye positions to help relieve symptoms. 

Red Light Therapy (RLT): For those who need help treating skin and muscle tissues, red light therapy can help. Using low levels of red or near-infrared lights can help cells repair themselves. 

Holistic Drug Rehab: Holistic drug rehab often helps people with a variety of mental health challenges. Types of holistic therapy include meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and art therapy. The goal is to help heal the mind, body, and soul all at once, providing needed unity. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): This involves a combination of talk therapy and the use of FDA-approved medications. MAT programs offer help to those with opioid and alcohol use disorders. These addictions could be the result of an underlying mental health disorder. In addition, it can help relieve things like withdrawal symptoms and substance cravings people develop during addiction treatment.

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No one should have to live with an untreated mental illness. Tampa Bay Recovery Center offers effective treatment that changes lives. Our mental health facilities in Tampa help you understand your mental health diagnosis. From there, we work with you to reduce your symptoms. Managing your mental health allows you to enjoy less stress and start living a life heading in a new direction. Visit our admissions page today. Our staff will answer your questions and show you how to get started.

Our Philosophy

We believe that getting help for substance use disorders is about much more than just trying to get through another day of not drinking or using drugs. Our mission is to help people reclaim their lives by teaching them how to effectively deal with the stress, trauma, and anxiety that contribute to their addictions. 

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Our staff has over 60 years of combined experience in treating behavioral health disorders. Our compassionate and empathetic approach has helped hundreds.