Hunstville, Alabama Mental Health Treatment Centers
Huntsville is a city centrally located in the northernmost part of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is located in Madison County and extends west into neighboring Limestone county. Huntsville is the largest city in the four-county Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, which in 2008 had a total population of 545,770.
John Hunt first settled in the location in 1805. It was named Twickenham after Alexander Pope’s English home at the request of LeRoy Pope. However, the town was renamed Huntsville on November 25, 1811 after its first settler. It has grown across nearby hills and along the Tennessee River, adding textile mills, then munitions factories, to become a major city, including NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command. (See related: Birmingham Mental Health Treatment)
Symptoms of Common Mental Health Issues
Manic depression symptoms (as found in manic-depressive disorder or bipolar disorder) involve symptom sets that are the opposite of each other. One involves a “high” set and the other a “low” set. These symptoms are found in a continuous range from mild to moderate to extreme. Moderate to high symptoms can range increased energy, activity, and restlessness. It can take one from excessively ‘high,’ overly good, euphoric mood to distracted, or can’t concentrate well. The list goes onto racing thoughts, talking very fast or extreme irritability. Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications is a risk. The low or depressed state can be lasting sad, anxious, or empty mood. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness can plague a person. Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or sleeping too much can be a sign of manic depression. The risk of this type is when thoughts of death or suicide attempts when battling this mental health disorder.
PTSD, otherwise known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to one or more terrifying events in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme trauma. It can be caused from wars, childhood abuse, 9/11 or any number of life’s traumatic events either personal or global.
For bipolar disorder, genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder, and environmental factors are also implicated. Bipolar disorder is often treated with medications, and sometimes other psychiatric drugs. Psychotherapy also has a role, often when there has been some recovery of stability. In serious cases in which there is a risk of harm to oneself; these cases generally involve severe manic episodes with dangerous behavior or depressive episodes with suicidal ideation.
Finding Treatment for Mental Health
As you can see there are many levels of depression and disorders. If you or a loved one is exhibiting any of the behaviors listed above, there are many facilities and doctors to help.
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