Inpatient Mental Health Orange County

Millions of people in the U.S. live with mental health issues, but less than half seek treatment. In fact, it’s hard to know when someone is struggling with a mental health issue. Asking for help at a hospital can be difficult if you’re unsure whether someone is struggling with mental health issues. Keep an eye on these signs that you or a loved one may need to seek inpatient mental health treatment.

You’re having sleep problems.

We all need seven to nine hours of sleep every night to function properly. Therefore, inexplicable and persistent changes to your sleeping patterns or habits can signify mental health issues. If you’re having recurring nightmares, repeated anxious thoughts, difficulty staying asleep, stress dreams, or any other sleep disruptions, this is a sign that you need to seek inpatient mental health treatment.

You experience an unexpected change in appetite.

Our appetites always change. Traumatic or stressful events can cause our appetite and eating habits to change. But when these appetite changes come without explanation, there’s cause for concern. For example, if you find yourself more hungry than usual or can’t finish a lunch that you used to devour before, this could be a sign of mental health disorder, and you need treatment.

Your moods have changed. 

If you are feeling blah for many days or experiencing a lower mood than usual, then it could be a sign of mental health disorder. While there’s nothing wrong when you’re in a bad mood, if your moods swing drastically or fuel any problematic decisions, it could be a sign that you need to seek inpatient mental health treatment.

You’re using substance abuse to cope.

When you can’t seem to get a handle on your life, drugs or alcohol becomes your best friend. You start smoking more than before or start using drugs. There’s a strong link between substance abuse and mental health disorders, especially when individuals feel they can’t talk about mental health issues. While substance abuse seems to work temporarily, it isn’t the answer. Instead, you need to seek inpatient mental health treatment.

You are considering suicide.

While suicidal thoughts are primarily associated with mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression, they can result from other circumstances, like a divorce or a sudden job loss. If you are contemplating suicide, seek help immediately. Find a professional you trust who can listen to your whole story and respond.

Why Choose Alter Behavioral Health?

You are not alone if you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one. At Alter Behavioral Health, we take a patient-centered approach to mental health care. Our inpatient care team in Orange County deeply understands all mental health problems and treats every patient with dignity and respect. We’ll work closely with you and your families and help you get back on track and back to the things that give you the most joy. When you are ready to learn more about our inpatient mental health treatment in Orange County, please call us at 949-379-2414.