Mental Health

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What does it feel like to experience mental illness?

People report feeling intensely sad, anxious, tired and distracted, with periods of highs and lows.

One of the hardest parts of living with mental illness is that other people can’t “see” the pain. This leaves individuals feeling alone and empty, which only drives them further into their illness and potentially towards substance use. Fortunately, life does not have to be this way. Treatment is available and healing is possible.

Nearly 20 percent of Americans are currently living with mental illness, but over half do not receive treatment. Lotus Recovery Mental Health Treatment in Thousand Oaks, CA is here to change the trajectory for individuals experiencing mental health problems. We know that it’s possible to live happily and healthily with mental illness, and we are here to lead the way.

Mental Health Disorders We Treat

At Lotus Recovery, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals with mental illness. We treat a wide range of mental health disorders and have teams of experienced professionals who will help you navigate the challenges of mental health and start you on the path to recovery.

Lotus Recovery offers mental health treatment for the following disorders:

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, as it alerts us and helps us pay attention to danger. However, it can become a problem when it interferes with daily functioning and causes you to be on high alert, even when there is no threat.

Anxiety disorders, such as phobias, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder, are the most common mental health disorders. They affect nearly 30 percent of people at some point in their lives. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction and relaxation techniques can help build resilience and manage your symptoms.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders are mental health disorders that affect people emotionally. These disorders are divided into two major groups: depressive disorders and bipolar disorders.

Depressive disorders cause low energy, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, change in appetite and a loss of pleasure in everyday activities. Some people also experience feelings of worthlessness or guilt. There are several types of depressive disorders, including major depression, seasonal affective disorder and persistent depressive disorder.

Bipolar disorders feature mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. The highs and lows may occur together or separately but are usually continuous. People with bipolar disorders often have racing thoughts, are easily distracted and have trouble sleeping. The best ways to treat bipolar disorders are with talk therapy, medicines or both.

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Personality disorders

Personality disorders are mental disorders that involve patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are different from what’s considered normal in your culture. People with personality disorders often have a hard time understanding emotions and often act impulsively. This makes it hard to relate to others, causing serious problems in relationships, as well as issues at work, school and social activities. Treatment depends on the specific type of personality disorder, though dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and medicines have shown to be most effective.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms typically include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. Most people do get better over time with good self-care, though some people do require treatment.

Without treatment, PTSD symptoms can interfere with daily functioning. People may also turn to drugs or alcohol to dull their pain, which can exacerbate their symptoms and put them at risk for other traumatic events like accidents or violence. Treating PTSD usually involves cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Dual diagnosis

Dual diagnosis refers to having both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. It’s not uncommon for these conditions to occur together, as untreated mental illness can lead people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Substance use also causes changes in the brain that can either exacerbate the symptoms of a pre-existing mental illness or cause mental illness to develop. Furthermore, there are certain risk factors—stress, genetics, trauma—that can raise the risk for both disorders.

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Mental Health Treatment in Thousand Oaks

Lotus Recovery Services is dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized treatment services for mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Not only do we provide a wide range of therapies but also we set our clients up for success by teaching them how to develop lifelong recovery skills that will carry them through the ups and downs of life.

Our mental health treatment in Thousand Oaks, CA is highly structured and includes hands-on opportunities to practice interactions and challenges outside of treatment, such as saying “no” to substance use, managing stressful situations and communicating with others. With our convenient outpatient services, clients are able to return home at night and continue practicing these developing skills, building strength and resilience for the future.

If you or a loved one is experiencing mental illness, contact Lotus Recovery today.

Our team will conduct a complimentary consultation over the phone so that you can explore our services and take the next steps towards healing.

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