Pacific Clinics supports individuals and families throughout each stage of life, including children, youth, transitional age youth, adults, and older adults. Here are some of the most common issues we treat.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly and accurately. Many people with schizophrenia experience hallucinations and delusions, which often occur for the first time in the late teens or young adulthood. Research has shown that people with schizophrenia who attend structured, psychosocial rehabilitation programs and continue with their medication treatment manage their illness best.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. It is a chronic condition with recurring episodes that often begin in adolescence or early adulthood. It generally requires ongoing treatment.
Major (or clinical) depression is a persistent mental illness that affects 19 million Americans. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Major depression involves disturbances in mood, concentration, sleep, activity, appetite, and social behavior. Although major depression can be a devastating illness, it is highly treatable.
Schizoaffective disorder symptoms look like a mixture of two kinds of major mental illnesses: mood (affective) disorders such as depression, and schizophrenia. Schizoaffective disorder can be managed with a continuum of treatment so that sufferers can lead productive, fulfilling lives.
Alcohol, Drug Use, Addiction, and Co-Occurring Disorders
Mental health and substance use disorders are often intertwined. Either substance abuse or mental health issues can occur first. For example, alcohol or other drugs may be used as a form of self-medication; or anxiety and depression may be brought on as a response to stressors from broken relationships, lost employment, and other situations directly related to substance abuse.
Children’s Mental Illness
One in five families are said to be impacted by significant mental disorders, including attention deficit disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and dyslexia.