Mental Health

The mental health crisis in the United States continues to worsen, despite several efforts to de-stigmatize it. Millions of people spanning from one side of the country to the next struggle with symptoms of mental health conditions on a daily basis. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of those individuals reach out for professional help. When a mental health condition is occurring, the most effective thing a person can do is seek clinical care to address the underlying causes of their condition as well as the symptoms they are experiencing. At Pearl of the Sea Retreat in beautiful St. Augustine, we work to provide all individuals grappling with mental health conditions the evidence-based treatment they need to live a happier, more peaceful life.

Types of Mental Health Conditions

Mental health conditions are a common occurrence for those living in the United States, as 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health disorder. There are dozens of different diagnosable mental health conditions that impact people of all ages, races, creeds, and color, including the following:

  • Anxiety Disorders: Generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and social phobia
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia
  • Personality Disorders: Borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder
  • Eating Disorders: Anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, orthorexia, compulsive exercise disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders: Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, substance-induced psychotic disorder

These are just some of the most common types of mental health conditions that impact people all throughout the United States. Anxiety disorders and mood disorders make up the vast majority of mental health conditions in Americans, with 40 million adults with anxiety and another 16.2 million experiencing a depression.

How are Mental Health Conditions Treated?

Mental health conditions of all kinds require professional treatment. Attempting to manage mental health conditions independently can prove disastrous for an individual, as symptoms associated with a mental illness can prevent them from being able to make the changes they need to make to live a better life. As a result, they can begin having problems in their professional, personal, and social lives that impact their overall health and wellbeing, as well as that of those around them.

Thankfully, mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and so on can be safely and effectively treated. The most common approach to treating these types of conditions is combined and involves therapy and medication.


There are a wide variety of therapies that are able to help treat the symptoms of mental health conditions so that they no longer negatively impact the lives of those who have them. Some of the most common ones include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Contingency management
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Experiential therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy

These therapies are capable of uncovering the underlying symptoms of the mental health condition as well as addressing the symptoms that are occurring in the present moment. They can also help clients learn and implement coping skills that allow them to take back the power from their mental health condition once and for all. But, therapy is only one part of a full course of treatment.


There are many medications available that can help with the comprehensive treatment of mental health conditions. When prescribed by a professional and taken as directed, prescription medications can dramatically improve symptoms of a mental health condition. Some medications that have proven to help treat mental illnesses include:

  • Anti-anxiety medications: Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, Valium
  • Antidepressants: Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Prozac
  • Antipsychotics: Risperdal, Seroquel, Abilify
  • Mood stabilizers: Tegretol, Lamical, Depakote
  • Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Concerta

The types of medications one may be prescribed along with therapy will vary based on the needs of the client. However, this combination is sure to be effective for the vast majority of clients.

Benefits of Mental Health Treatment

When mental health conditions go untreated, we know that it is only a matter of time before a person begins struggling with overwhelming symptoms of that condition. And, the longer that treatment is not obtained, the more likely it becomes for an individual to attempt to cope in ways that may not be healthy or helpful. But, when those with mental health conditions get treatment, they can benefit in a number of ways. Consider the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Greater sense of inner peace
  • Clearer thinking
  • Improved memory and concentration
  • Healthier eating and exercising habits

Getting treated for a mental health condition can transform one’s life entirely. Mental illnesses like depression and anxiety often hold individuals back from living the life they dream of. But, when addressing these conditions in a safe, professional setting, individuals can go after what they want in life – no questions asked.

Mental Health Treatment in Luxury St. Augustine

We know that mental health conditions don’t just appear out of thin air. We understand that there are often several complexities behind one’s mental health condition, and we work hard to help uncover and address all of them. At Pearl of the Sea Retreat, your concerns are our concerns. Your goals are our goals. We are here to help you finally put an end to the troubling symptoms that hold you back so you can start living — and loving — your life.

For more information about our mental health treatment services, contact us right now at 866-962-1907 to be connected to an experienced, compassionate team member or learn more about our admissions process. We are here to help.

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