What are some of the warning signs of mental illness?

In Adults

  • Confused thinking
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Delusions or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really there)Extreme highs and lows in mood
  • Excessive fear, worrying or anxiety
  • Increasing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Unexplained physical problems, or abuse of drugs/alcohol

In Older Children and Pre-Teens

  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical problems
  • Skipping school, stealing or damaging property, defying authority
  • Long-lasting negative mood, frequently seen with thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger

In Younger Children

  • Changes in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience and /or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent temper tantrums

What does it mean to have a mental illness?

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s feeling, mood,  thinking, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can affect your ability to cope with every day demands of life.

Will treatment help with mental illness? 

Between 60 and 90 percent of individuals with serious mental illness have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of medication and therapy or psychosocial support.

What treatment will I receive at Oasis Mental Health?

All the patients at Oasis begin with an evaluation that will be completed by one of our licensed professional staff.  Once that is complete, you will discuss your treatment which may include therapy, medication, and testing. If you require medication, one of our psychiatrists or nurse practitioners will help determine what medication will help treat your symptoms. We are a short term facility so if further treatment is needed after completion at Oasis, we facilitate the next level of treatment with you.

Do children and adolescents get mental illness?

Yes, their symptoms are a little different from adults so they are frequently missed.  The most underdiagnosed of the mental health issues in children is anxiety disorder.  Treatment is available for children and adolescents at Oasis with our highly trained child and adolescent psychiatrists and therapists.

How will my mental health treatment be coordinated with my primary physician? 

At Oasis we have a patient coordinator who will contact your PCP or pediatrician (with your written permission) to let them know you are being treated at Oasis.