The past couple years have been a long, sometimes frustrating journey. Stress levels have risen, along with number of people facing behavioral health disorders.
As time passes, the effects of anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and process addictions may linger. For some, post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms may be a challenge in the coming days.
Other individuals, however, may wonder if these struggles should last long after the storm passed.
“It is perfectly normal to have lingering anxiety,” said Brenda Iliff, Rosecrance Jackson Centers Vice President of Clinical Services. “Please know that it is OK to not be OK because each person has their own timetable to work through the effects. This is especially true for those who experienced significant grief or loss during the pandemic. Even individuals with strong coping skills may take a while to feel like themselves again.”
Because each person processes these emotions differently, loved ones are encouraged to watch for sudden changes in behavior that may indicate a mental health or substance use concern. Differences to note include isolation, increased irritability, or an increase in use of substances such as alcohol.
Treatment can be an option for those who need extra support. Some may benefit from a stay in a residential facility, while ongoing outpatient therapy or medications may also be considered. Rosecrance Jackson Centers champions hope through a robust continuum of outcomes-based care, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, individual and group counseling, and a range of treatment modalities.
If you or a loved one may need help, please call Rosecrance Jackson Centers’ caring Access team at 800.472.9018.