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Our mental health services in Louisville, KY help those with or without addiction in their recovery. Since mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur, we know that treating both conditions often goes hand-in-hand. Treatment for both conditions also tends to be similar, and clients need to engage in lifelong recovery to prevent a relapse in symptoms. At Louisville Addiction Center, our team is here to help you or a loved one with a number of common mental health disorders.

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Mental Health Disorders Treated at Louisville Addiction Center

Our treatment center offers help for many of the most common mental health disorders. These conditions could even be the root cause of addiction. Conversely, a mental health disorder could also be a risk factor for developing an addiction. Therefore, we can also prevent substance use disorders with our mental health services in Louisville, KY.

Our team is here to treat the following mental health conditions:

Bipolar Disorder

Once called “manic-depressive” disorder, bipolar disorder causes a person to have stark shifts in mood from highs to lows. During a manic phase, a person could have high amounts of energy, feel restless, speak rapidly, and become irritable. However, after a manic episode, they “crash” into a depressive state. Then, they could feel low levels of energy, lethargy, and sleep for long periods of time. 

Like all mental health disorders, each person will have a different experience with bipolar disorder. Some people have mild manic symptoms while others could be awake for days on end until they crash. Many people will behave differently as a result of their shifts in mood. People in a manic state are at risk of irrational decision-making or risky behaviors. Other the other hand, during a depressive phase, a person could struggle to leave their bed or take care of themselves. They could also be at a high risk of suicidal ideation and behavior.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with combat veterans and first responders. However, many other people face trauma in their day-to-day lives as well or have a history of trauma. For instance, a person who grew up in an abusive household could have PTSD due to long-term stress in an unstable household. Others develop PTSD after car accidents or other incidents where they survived imminent danger.

People with PTSD often struggle with flashbacks and distressing thoughts about their experiences. These thoughts lead to false negative self-beliefs, guilt, or shame. In addition, people with PTSD engage in avoidance behaviors when encountering things that trigger their traumatic memories. These avoidance behaviors can limit their quality of life.


Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that increased among US adults due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anxiety disorders can range from specific fears to an overwhelming sense of worry nearly all the time, known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Symptoms of anxiety include feelings of dread, worry, fear, or guilt. Physically, a person could feel profusely sweaty, nauseous, or have “butterflies in their stomach.”

Like PTSD, people with an anxiety disorder could go to great lengths to avoid the triggers of their anxiety. As result, they often limit themselves in terms of goals, relationships, and activities. A person with social anxiety might avoid meeting new people and struggle to make friends, for instance. In addition, a person with an anxiety disorder might use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their symptoms.


Like anxiety, rates of depression also increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Depression can be triggered by a specific event, such as the death of a loved one, losing a job, or ending a romantic relationship. However, some people struggle with depression throughout their entire lives. Additionally, some people have depression during the cold months of winter, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Depression is more than just feeling sad or upset. In fact, feeling sad after a loss is normal and even healthy as a person processes their grief. But, when that sadness lingers for weeks, months, or even years, a person could have clinical depression. Additional symptoms include overwhelming feelings of dread, low levels of energy, persistent tiredness, thoughts of death, or suicidal ideation. Depression is a common condition treated with mental health services in Louisville, KY.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can also cause significant issues in a person’s life. With OCD, a person has intrusive, unwanted, and distressing thoughts called “obsessions.” To reduce the stress that these thoughts induce, they resort to irrational, repetitive behaviors called “compulsions.” Some compulsions are physical acts like re-checking a stovetop burner or hoarding objects with no use. Other compulsions are mental acts, like counting or repeating words to oneself.

A person with OCD often knows that their compulsive behaviors will do nothing to stop their obsessive thinking. However, they can’t seem to stop themselves without feeling significant stress and anxiety. Because of this, they often struggle with feelings of shame and low self-esteem.

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How Are Mental Health Disorders Treated?

Mental health disorders are treated with a mix of therapy, medication, and holistic treatments. A person’s mental health symptoms could respond to a different type of therapy more than others. However, each person needs to decide what treatment approaches work best for them. For example, some people benefit from medications for OCD symptoms while others find more value in holistic approaches. Most of the time, a combination of approaches is the best way to treat mental health disorders.

Our mental health services in Louisville, KY include the following:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common evidence-based approaches in psychotherapy. Many other types of therapy are based on the principles of CBT. During CBT, a therapist will help their client identify negative thoughts and false beliefs that influence their emotions and behaviors. By replacing these thought patterns, a person can improve their mental and emotional well-being.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, DBT is also helpful for a variety of other mental health disorders as well as addiction. DBT focuses on all-or-nothing thought patterns and emotional regulation to improve self-esteem, confidence, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) helps people with PTSD and other trauma-related disorders by healing an overactive central nervous system (CNS). People with PTSD often struggle with feeling on edge or in a state of high alert all the time. EMDR helps a person learn to feel calm even when they have distressing thoughts about traumatic events.
  • Brainspotting also helps those with PTSD and trauma. During a brainspotting session, a therapist will identify their client’s “brain spot.” This area is where the person focuses their eyes when they feel significant amounts of stress or discomfort when thinking about trauma. The therapist will then have the client focus on this area during the sessions to process the trauma.
  • Holistic therapy includes a number of activities and treatments. Overall, holistic therapy focuses on the whole person in recovery. Therefore, clients might engage in physical activity or learn about healthy eating. Common holistic approaches include recreation therapy, yoga, meditation, and exercise. These activities teach clients healthy ways to manage stress and mental health symptoms.

These treatment approaches are part of a person’s comprehensive plan for recovery. By using multiple techniques, our clients obtain the coping skills that they need to manage their symptoms to lead fulfilling and happy lives.

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Find Mental Health Services in Louisville, KY

Mental health disorders are common among adults in the US. Some people have symptoms for a brief period while others have a persistent mental health condition. Our mental health services can help you or a loved one learn healthy coping skills to thrive while managing their symptoms. In addition, we have dual diagnosis treatment for those with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Contact Louisville Addiction Center today to begin mental health and addiction treatment.

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