How Do I Know If I Need Mental Health Treatment?

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Mental health treatment can be an essential part of maintaining overall well-being, but it can be difficult to know when to seek help. Mental health problems are common, but many people don’t realize that they may need treatment until their symptoms have become severe or have started to impact their daily lives.

In this article, The Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic takes a look at mental health problems and how to know when it may be time for you or someone you love to seek mental health treatment.

Stigma and Mental Health Treatment

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about getting medical help for a physical problem. If you have a continuing fever and nausea, you go to the doctor. If you started having blurry vision and a loss of balance, you would see your doctor too, right?

Yet when it comes to mental health problems like depression, anxiety or even addiction, far too many of us hesitate to ask for help. The reasons why vary

Some reasons why people don’t seek mental health treatment:

  • Concerns about what others will think.
  • They imagine the problem will pass if they just hold on.
  • Pride: They don’t want to think of themselves as “mentally ill”.
  • They think they can solve the problem themselves, listening to an audiobook etc.
  • Worries about what treatment will be like, questions they will be asked etc.
  • Concerns about the cost of treatment, if insurance will cover, etc.

We’re happy to tell you that while all of the above concerns are very common, they do not and should not be obstacles to getting mental health treatment. Most of them are examples of us either getting “stuck in our own heads”, being in denial or simply trying to find reasons not to get help.

It’s important to push yourself a little and have courage when it comes to seeking mental health treatment, if you think you may need it. You’re worth it!

Knowing when to seek help is important because early intervention can help prevent further deterioration of mental health and improve outcomes.

How Do You Know if You Need Mental Health Treatment?

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Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Changes in mood

One of the most common signs that you may need mental health treatment is a significant change in mood. This can include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, or irritability that persist for more than two weeks.

If you find that your mood is consistently low or that you are experiencing intense emotions that are difficult to manage, it may be time to seek help.

2. Changes in behavior

Another sign that you may need mental health treatment is a change in behavior. This can include changes in sleep patterns, appetite, energy levels, or social interactions. You may find that you have become withdrawn or that you are engaging in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse or self-harm.

If you notice a significant change in your behavior, it is important to seek help before these behaviors become more serious.

3. Difficulty functioning

If you are finding it difficult to carry out your daily activities or are struggling to perform at work or school, it may be time to seek help. Mental health problems can impact all areas of your life, making it difficult to concentrate, stay focused, or manage your responsibilities.

If you find that your mental health is affecting your ability to function, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.

4. Persistent physical symptoms

Mental health problems can also manifest in physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach problems, or chronic pain. If you have been experiencing persistent physical symptoms that have no clear medical cause, it may be a sign that you need mental health treatment.

It is important to rule out any underlying medical conditions, but if there is no clear explanation for your symptoms, seeking help for mental health may be necessary.

5. Traumatic experiences

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If you have experienced a traumatic event, such as physical or sexual assault, a natural disaster, or the death of a loved one, it is important to seek mental health treatment.

Trauma can have a significant impact on mental health, leading to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. If you have experienced a traumatic event and are struggling to cope, seeking help can be an important step in the healing process.

6. Family history

If you have a family history of mental health problems, you may be at increased risk for developing similar conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms of mental health problems and have a family history, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Early intervention can help prevent further deterioration of mental health and improve outcomes.

7. Feeling overwhelmed

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts or emotions, it may be time to seek help. Mental health problems can make it difficult to cope with daily life, leading to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, or despair. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is important to seek help before these feelings become more severe.

What to Expect from Mental Health Treatment

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If you have decided to seek mental health treatment, there are several different types of treatment available. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on your individual needs and the severity of your symptoms.

Some common types of mental health treatment include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT):

This type of therapy helps individuals examine and address negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mental health issues.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT):

This therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on helping individuals develop mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT):

This type of treatment involves the use of medications along with counseling and behavioral therapies to help individuals manage drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Psychodynamic therapy:

This therapy focuses on exploring unconscious thoughts and feelings that may be contributing to mental health issues. It often involves looking at past experiences and relationships to gain insight into current struggles.

Mindfulness-based therapies:

These types of therapies focus on developing mindfulness skills to help individuals manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Examples include mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

How Do I Get Mental Health Treatment?

If you’ve realized that you or someone you care about might benefit from mental health treatment–congratulations! Believe it or not, realizing there is a need for mental health care and being ready to do something about it is the biggest obstacle to getting help most people face.

If you’re already acknowledging there’s a problem and you’re ready to act, then you’re ahead of the game!  Don’t worry about trying to figure out exactly what’s wrong or what type of treatment you need. Leave that to the professionals. The best next step for you to make is to reach out for help.

Give the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic a call at (772) 444-8822, we’re here to listen and ready to help.

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Samantha Kelly​

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I am a dedicated and passionate professional with extensive experience in business development Admissions and marketing. I have an incredible passion for showing others that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel if someone truly wants it.
Being in recovery myself I understand the struggles of addiction and alcoholism. I Started this Career path in 2009. With multiple years of experience, I bring a multi-faceted approach and am always seeking new ways to make a difference in the lives of those I work with.

Kim L. Buckner

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As a Substance Abuse Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Peer Advocate, and Facilitator. Kim helps clients avoid relapse by understanding their triggers. Those people, places and things that can cause craving, as well as internal triggers like feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Kim also clients with identifying and building healthy relationships now that they’re clean and sober.

Kim’s background includes extensive experience as a motivational speaker and work in faith-based organizations helping youth and adults alike. He says he is motivated by giving back to the community, understanding, and not judging who she comes into contact with. Kim’s favorite quote is by Dr. Raymond Johnson: “The respect given to others rebounds to the giver to deny the scared in the Other is to deny it in oneself.”

Caty Burns

Clinician

Caty graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling and History. Throughout her undergrad, she worked at the local CASA program, supporting volunteers advocating for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Caty worked for seven years at a community mental health center (CMHC), partnering with children, adults, and families.

During those seven years, she taught life and coping skills as well as behavior management, provided case management and peer recovery services, and facilitated treatment teams that included the client, family, providers, and community members. I have also worked at an IOP providing group therapy services. She is currently working towards my Master of Social Work.

In her free time, Caty enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, spending time outdoors and having movie nights with her family. Disney World is her happy place, and she dreams of living among the elephants.

Madison Knowles

Mental Health Therapist

My name is Madison Knowles, I am a Mental health therapist at NPAC. I am a single-mother of two and I have a daughter who is globally delayed and has been diagnosed with autism. I have been in this industry since I was 16 years old, as I was fascinated with human behavior. I obtained my masters in applied behavioral analysis and started off working with people with disabilities. I then found my love for counseling when I worked with juveniles who had mental health and substance use issues. I then decided to go back for my mental health therapy license after that and working in a forensic treatment center. I went on to obtain my therapy credentials and since 2017, I have also been working on my PhD in forensic psychology in which I am currently working on my dissertation. I am inspired by change and how resilient people can be. My favorite inspirational quote is “Some will, Some won’t, So what, NEXT!!!” This quote has inspired me to try, try, and try again no matter how hard life gets, someone will give you a chance eventually. As a therapist at NPAC, I have been given the opportunity to work with diverse populations such as in substance use and mental health and I am known for my work with people on the schizophrenic spectrum as well as with other clients with other severe conditions including personality disorders.

Megan Carmona, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Our Lead Therapist, Megan, is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As Lead Therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions to our clients.  Megan says “I am very passionate about therapy, especially about supporting my clients in exploring their strengths and identity. My goal is to provide individuals with the tools that can help them achieve independence in coping with their challenges and facilitating personal development.” In her free time, Megan enjoys watching docu-series and playing video games with her family. Her dream is to own acres of land so she can care for vulnerable animals, especially old dogs, cats, and horses. 

Kristen Bensley

Primary Clinician

As Primary Clinician, Kristen works with all aspects of our clinical team, from case management to primary therapy.  She has broad experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining our team at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, Kristen was part of the team awarded the Evernorth Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Designation by Cigna. She says her motivation is to help people rediscover who they are and become excited about the future and all the possibilities life offers. Kristen’s favorite quote is: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Ronn Daigle, MSW

Therapist, Utilization Review Clinician

Ronn Daigle services as a Therapist and Utilization Review Clinician at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2011, with experience in all facility-based levels of care. Ronn earned, both an Associate of Arts in Psychology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Human Services, with an Addiction Studies Concentration (2015) from Indian River State College. 

Ronn additionally earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2021 and is a current Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward licensure (LCSW). He describes himself as detail oriented, and solution focused.

Ronn says: “There is nothing more fulfilling than working with someone who doesn’t believe in himself or herself, and being there in the moment with them when the belief begins. We work with individuals who come to us at a point and time in their respective lives where they do not believe that change for others is possible; let alone for themselves…throughout the process they eventually come to a point where they realize that change is not only possible, but achievable.”

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI

Assistant Clinical Director

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI is the Assistant Clinical Director at Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic who specializes in the treatment of LGBTQ, addiction, as well as mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety, to Bipolar Disorder, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Erika utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness amongst others. Erika has been in practice for close to a decade and has earned her license in Mental Health Counseling, as well as being a Master’s Certified Addiction Professional. Erika has worked with many individuals including couples counseling and family therapy, and is fluent in Spanish.
 
Throughout my years of practice, one of the things I enjoy helping people find is inner peace. Whether you are in the deepest parts of depression, overrun by your anxiety, controlled by your addiction, or there are certain issues in your life that are negatively impacting your ability to function, and have a happy, healthy life, maybe now is the time to talk about it. I am a big believer in empowerment, working hard in therapy, and utilizing different techniques to help you regain that inner peace that may have been lost along the way. I want to work with you as a team because with two people, absolutely everything is possible. I want to be there as a therapist, to help build you up, support you, but also help you be honest with yourself and accountable. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, my biggest goal for you is going to be simple….for you to no longer need my services. Why? Because if you no longer need my services, it means that you have regained your peace, you have regained your strength, you have regained your confidence. It means that you now have the tools to address any issues that try to derail you, and best of all, you will have the insight to overcome and thrive. So let’s begin this journey together, and get you to the place you want to be, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and in your sobriety.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Aurelio has worked with those that suffer from the disease of addiction in adults and juveniles alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years, working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida.

He specializes in both Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County. Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments.

Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. At the Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic he passionately develops holistic curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Robert Lehmann, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer

Bob Lehmann is the Chief Operating Officer at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Mental Health Administration and over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive at addiction and mental health treatment facilities.

One of the reasons for his commitment to excellence in addiction treatment was his experience related to family members who suffered from the disease of addiction. Bob has been actively involved in community organizations throughout his career. Recently he was one of the founders of the Florida Addiction Treatment Coalition (FATC) and is its present Vice President. FATC was designed to bring together treatment executives in Florida to advocate on behalf of treatment facilities and the clients they serve adhering to a foundation of integrity and service excellence.

Jose R. Toledo, M.D.

Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director of Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment and integrates the fields seamlessly. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field. Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine