Delusional disorder is a type of mental health condition that can cause tremendous strife and devastation in the lives of those plagued by it. Individuals who suffer from delusional disorder experience highly irrational or unrealistic beliefs, even when confronted with evidence that those beliefs are false. The delusions that are experienced can be in relation to a number of different subjects, which can include persecutory delusions, delusions of infestation, delusions of illness, relationship delusions, and delusions of grandeur. While there are many instances in which individuals who are suffering from delusional disorder may live productive lives, they will inevitably be negatively impacted in some way. Other individuals, however, may suffer from such severe delusions that it hinders their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we recognize the sensitive nature that surrounds the presence of delusional disorder. We understand that the delusions that people suffer from are very real to them, which is why we strive to provide treatment in an environment that is unintimidating and conducive to healing. By engaging in the comprehensive care that we offer, individuals who are battling this potentially debilitating mental illness can take part in appropriate treatment interventions that can enable them to successfully achieve lasting recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Delusional disorder does not solely impact the life of the individual who is suffering from it, but it can also negatively affect the lives of those around the individual as well. If you have a family member or loved one who is suffering from delusional disorder, you likely know this all too well. Watching your loved one suffer can be saddening, worrisome, and, at times, exceedingly frustrating. But it is important to know that you do not have to sit by and watch your loved one continue to suffer; there are many things that you can do to help. Consider the following:
- Become thoroughly educated on all aspects of delusional disorder, including the signs, symptoms, and effects of this mental illness. Such information can be obtained by visiting reputable websites, studying books on the matter, and/or speaking with mental health professionals.
- Once you have gained an understanding of the disorder itself, including the types of delusions that your loved one, in particular, is suffering from, research treatment options that have proven to be successful in helping other individuals who are suffering from delusional disorder. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact any treatment centers that you may find to see if they can assist you.
- Talk to your loved one. This can be a very difficult thing to do, as individuals with delusional disorder frequently do not understand that they have a problem. To them, their delusions are very real. As such, it is important that you approach the conversation with patience. Do not be accusatory and do not make threats. Try to be as nonjudgmental as possible. Present your loved one with the concerns you have and explain why you believe that he or she could greatly benefit from treatment.
- Truly listen to what your loved one has to say. Regardless of what his or her response is, it is important that he or she feels heard.
- If appropriate, enlist a small group of other important individuals in your loved one’s life who can not only support you in broaching the subject with your loved one, but who can also offer ongoing support to him or her.
- If your loved one makes the decision to enter treatment, continue to be a positive presence in his or her life. Offer to help him or her in any way that you can. This can include such things as accompanying him or her to any appointments that are scheduled or making arrangements to deal with logistics, such as finding child care or making accommodations at your loved one’s school or place of employment. Additionally, if offered, make every effort to engage in family therapy sessions within your loved one’s treatment program, and check-in frequently with your loved one so that he or she knows that your support and encouragement remains constant.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
When a person is plagued by pervasive delusions, his or her overall wellbeing can slowly deteriorate. Depending on the specific delusion or delusions that an individual is suffering from, various areas of his or her life can be negatively impacted. Relationship disturbances, family strife, and the demise of friendships can occur. Occupational or academic performance can become greatly hindered, resulting in job loss or academic failure. Furthermore, those who do not receive treatment for the symptoms of delusional disorder may find that their mental health, in general, begins to decline. Onset of new, or worsening of current, symptoms of other mental health conditions may become prevalent. Fortunately, however, by choosing to engage in a comprehensive treatment program, such detriments can be successfully avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Conveniently located in the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a pioneering provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Designed specifically for men and women aged 18 and older and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, this hospital supplies exemplary acute care that incorporates the latest behavioral health practices. Given its serene environment that overlooks a tranquil cove engulfed in luscious landscaping, Crestwyn is where healing and recovery can truly be achieved.
In choosing Crestwyn as the place to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, patients, both young and old, can benefit from state-of-the-art amenities that include idyllic courtyards and a large gymnasium for recreation. Additionally, the dedicated professionals who administer care treat patients with a high regard for their individual healing and recovery journeys. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, activity therapists, and nurses work closely with patients to offer support and to determine which interventions will garner the most favorable treatment outcomes. These same staff members possess specialized training, including training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), so that they are equipped to care for any and all concerns that patients may require treatment for.
Upon admission to this high quality hospital, those who are in need of care to manage delusional disorder symptoms will receive fully customized treatment plans that can include the following methods of care as part of their comprehensive treatment experience at Crestwyn:
Detoxification: If an individual comes to Crestwyn suffering from delusional disorder and a chemical dependency problem, he or she will be able to receive top notch detoxification services at our hospital. These services allow patients to have the toxic substances that they are addicted to cleared from their systems so that they are able to focus on other aspects of their care. The expertly trained members of our medical staff supervise this type of treatment and are steadfast in their dedication to preserving the health and safety of those entrusted into our care.
Medication management: For some, the symptoms of delusional disorder may necessitate pharmaceutical intervention in order to alleviate strife that cannot otherwise be alleviated when an individual’s coping skills are inadequate. When this is the case, and a patient comes to us for treatment, medication management services may be incorporated into the individual’s personalized treatment plan. Our exemplary psychiatrists are able to assess the need for psychotropic medication, can prescribe medication, and can meet with patients daily when necessary. Additionally, our compassionate team of nurse practitioners and nurses aid in the administration of any medications that are prescribed.
Individual therapy: So as to afford patients with the opportunity to openly process their feelings, experiences, and emotions in a safe, confidential environment, Crestwyn offers individual therapy sessions to those who choose to heal and recover at our hospital. During these sessions, which are held daily or on an as-needed basis, patients can discuss their progress with their assigned primary counselor as they learn to manage the symptoms of delusional disorder.
Group therapy: When suffering from the unmanaged symptoms of delusional disorder, many individuals often feel as though they are alone in their struggles. For this reason, we, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, are pleased to provide group therapy opportunities at our hospital. Held daily and led by counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians, various community, psychoeducation, and 12-Step recovery groups are offered to all patients. These sessions allows patients to come together, share their experiences, provide and receive support, practice skills they are learning, and discuss the following topics in a setting that is safe and conducive to healing and recovery:
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Healthy relationships
- Recovery skills
- Anger management
Family therapy: Mental health conditions, including delusional disorder, have the ability to impact the lives of those closest to the individuals who are grappling with such concerns. Given this fact, treatment at Crestwyn features family therapy sessions for those who come for care. Depending on the patient’s individual needs and the patient’s loved ones’ ability to get to our hospital, these sessions can be part of a person’s healing experience at Crestwyn. We purposefully offer these sessions so that healing can begin within our patients’ primary support networks and so that the friends and family members of those we treat can learn how to best support the person they care about.
Every facet of care at Crestwyn Behavioral Health is customized to meet the needs of those who come for treatment. Additionally, and because we want to fully prepare our patients for returning to their respective communities, we plan for their discharge from the moment they begin receiving services. Our staff works closely with patients, and their families when necessary, to determine the continuing care options that will enable the men, women, and adolescents we treat to achieve optimal healing and recovery from delusional disorder.
If you or an important person in your life is in need of exceptional treatment to manage the symptoms of delusional disorder, improve the quality of life, and prevent further need for hospitalization, look no further than Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Here, people of all ages are able to develop the confidence and skills needed to live healthier, more productive, and more satisfying lives that are no longer compromised by mental health and substance use concerns.
Call us today and let our caring intake team help you or your loved one determine if Crestwyn is where a brighter tomorrow can happen.