A mental illness is defined as a condition that involves changes in thinking, emotion, or behavior, or a combination of these aspects 1. Individuals suffering from a mental health disorder often experience a diminished quality of life that is limited by their condition. If you or a loved one are one of the 9.8 million adults suffering from a serious mental illness that interferes with major life activities, you may benefit from mental health treatment overseen by Dr. Daniel Bober2. Dr. Bober is an accomplished, board-certified psychiatrist who has helped many patients receive individually tailored treatment at his practice in Hollywood, FL.
Mental illness manifests differently in each individual. Dr. Bober understands that treatment must be precisely tailored for the most effective results.
Common Mental Illnesses
Dr. Bober commonly diagnoses and treats a wide spectrum of mental health conditions such as:
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
- ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity, or a combination of the two, that interferes with functioning or development3.
- Also known as autism spectrum disorder, autism includes a range of conditions characterized by challenges surrounding social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences4.
- Bipolar Disorder
- This brain disorder causes shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to complete regular daily activities5. Types of the disorder include bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder.
- Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder that affects how you feel, think, and carry out daily tasks6.
- Eating Disorders
- Eating disorders are characterized by a significant disturbance to an individual's eating behaviors. This can include serious conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder7.
- Patients with this condition experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, which causes them to experience symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, and difficulty concentrating on a regular basis8.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- OCD is defined as a chronic and long-lasting disorder which causes an individual to experience reoccurring thoughts, or obsessions. This is combined with certain behaviors, or compulsions, that sufferers cannot control and feel the urge to repeat9.
- A type of anxiety disorder, a phobia is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little to no real danger10.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- PTSD is a mental health condition that typically develops after an individual experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event11. Symptoms include flashbacks, changes in mood, guilt, and more.
- Postpartum Depression
- After giving birth, this mood disorder may cause mothers to feel sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that interferes with their ability to properly care for themselves or their child12.
- A chronic and severe mental disorder, schizophrenia produces the impression that a person has lost touch with reality. It can be significantly disabling as it affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves13.
- Social Anxiety
- Also known as social phobia, social anxiety disorder is an intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social situation14.
Each of these conditions is typically manageable with the proper treatment.
Treating Mental Health Conditions
If your symptoms are causing persistent issues in your daily life, you may consider receiving treatment with an experienced professional. Dr. Bober is dedicated to erasing the stigma that those with mental illness and addiction face and is passionate about improving patients' quality of life. Mental illness may manifest differently in each individual and impact their lives in unique ways. Dr. Bober understands that treatment must be precisely tailored for the most effective results.
There are typically several medications that can be used to treat a particular condition and individuals respond differently to these drugs. Medications which are often used to treat mental illness include15:
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Mood stabilizers
Dr. Bober will work carefully to find a medication that best helps you manage the symptoms of your disorder.
If Dr. Bober believes you may benefit from therapy to treat your condition, either on its own or in addition to medication, he will refer you to a trusted psychologist. Many patients find that discussing their thoughts and feelings regarding their condition to be very helpful. Therapy can also include certain techniques to promote changes in thoughts and behaviors while providing emotional benefits.
Typically, patients benefit most when they combine therapy and medication16.
Support groups are also a valuable tool for many patients. These programs typically focus on coping and recovery. By finding a local group that they can regularly meet with, patients are often able to take comfort in the fact that other members are facing similar obstacles.
Seek Professional Treatment Today
Mental health disorders are often severely limiting due to their isolating nature and the stigma that prevails in our society. Do not allow yourself or a loved one to face mental illness alone. Dr. Bober has undergone extensive training at Yale University School of Medicine and has more than 15 years of experience effectively treating patients. Call (954) 967-6776 to schedule a consultation and learn more.
- Definition of mental illness - American Psychiatric Association
- 9.8 million adults experience a serious mental illness in a given year - National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Definition of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of autism - Autism Speaks®
- Definition of bipolar disorder - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of depression - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of eating disorders - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of insomnia - National Sleep Foundation
- Definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of phobia - U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of postpartum depression - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of schizophrenia - National Institute of Mental Health
- Definition of social anxiety - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- Medications used to treat mental illness - National Institute of Mental Health
- Patients benefit from combined treatment - American Psychiatric Association