Nervous Breakdown Treatment Facilities: Exploring Your Options

The concept of a nervous breakdown is a nebulous one at best, and it can be difficult to know what to do about one when you have it, or what to do to recover from one you’ve already had. By recognizing when you need to seek help in a residential facility and understanding how a residential treatment program can help you recover from your mental health crisis, you can begin to forge your own path to healing and regain a sense of stability and serenity.

Sometimes, it feels like your life is falling apart. Sometimes, it feels like you are falling apart. You’re in pain, and it follows you everywhere. Even when you’re around other people, you still feel alone.

Maybe you feel you have no one to turn to for help and support. Or even worse, maybe there is a toxic person in your life is telling you that you’re losing your mind, or that there’s something wrong with you. But the thing is, most of us have felt this way at one time or another. It can be comforting to remember that, at the very least, none of us are alone in feeling alone.

If this is how you’re feeling, it’s okay. There are kind people in the world too. There are mental health professionals who are compassionate, who want to understand you, and who want to help you. By seeking professional treatment in a residential setting, you can begin to experience joy and happiness again. Finding the right nervous breakdown facility for you that can make you feel comfortable, safe and tailor a treatment plan for your needs plays a key role in ensuring your experience is a positive one—with lasting effects.

Nervous Breakdown Facilities: When to Seek Treatment


A “nervous breakdown” is a popular term to describe any of several mental health crises. It’s generally defined as any period wherein mental illness becomes unbearable, including symptoms like depression or anxiety. It’s an emotional or psychological collapse that prevents you from functioning in your daily life. A nervous breakdown can occur due to life events; such as from stress, trauma, severe overwork, sleep deprivation, or hitting the “rock bottom” of addiction.

Some important symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Depressive symptoms, such as loss of hope; thoughts of suicide or self-harm; loss of interest in social, family, or work life; exhaustion or fatigue; isolating yourself from friends and family; and feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness.
  • Anxious symptoms, such as panic attacks, overwhelming fear without a specific overt cause, chest pains, detachment from reality, and trouble breathing.
  • Psychotic symptoms, such as experiencing vivid flashbacks, hallucinations, or delusions.
  • Psychosomatic reactions, including physical aches, pains, and other discomforts that have no identifiable cause and may take on a wide variety of forms, which can indicate psychological distress.

All these symptoms are your body and mind’s way of telling you that you need healing. But unlike a person with a broken leg or a heart attack, there is no physical source of your pain you can easily point to. This can make it difficult for other people in your life to understand, which may leave you feeling frustrated and unheard. If you believe you may be having a nervous breakdown, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional right away. And the best, most comprehensive treatment available is at a residential treatment facility.

How a Residential Treatment Program Can Help You


Seeking treatment at a residential facility offers a 24-hour, safe place where care is always available. It’s a break from the stresses of your daily environment. If a specific environment or person triggers you or contributes to your mental health crisis, moving to a private location to receive treatment can help a lot, especially in cases of addiction recovery. Plus, residential treatment offers the intensive care outpatient therapy cannot, halting a mental health crisis in its tracks.

Residential treatment offers comprehensive psychological assessment and the means to deliver a treatment plan specified for your needs. It offers you a place of introspection while allowing you to partake in healing activities, such as massage, yoga or gym exercise. And it allows you to live in a comfortable, home-like environment while eating delicious, nourishing meals. These factors add to up the stability and safety recovering people need to begin to feel their lives are “normal” and not in crisis.

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Recovering From a Mental Health Crisis


When a person experiencing a nervous breakdown arrives at a private residential care facility, they receive a functional behavior assessment to understand their mental health crisis and the causes of those problems; and a treatment plan customized to invoke healing. Treatment of a nervous breakdown begins right away and includes:

  • A detailed evaluation within 24 hours of arrival from a psychiatrist
  • Assignment of your personal medical team and primary therapist
  • Understanding your current mental health treatment and history
  • Psychological testing

Each treatment plan is designed on a case-by-case basis, and often includes:

  • Three to five 50-minute individual psychotherapy sessions per week
  • Multiple therapy groups a day and holistic therapies throughout the week
  • A weekly clinical team meeting to review your progress
  • Contact or therapy with friends, partners and family

Forging Your Own Path to Healing in a Residential Treatment Facility


From morning to bedtime, a private residential care facility places you in the heart of an environment designed to heal your pain. By putting you in the center of multiple therapies, healing activities, self-reflection, and a calming lifestyle that all revolve around satisfying your mental health needs, you can get the rich, nurturing care you need to calm the inner storm of a nervous breakdown.

At a residential treatment facility you can receive both medical care and psychological support in order to fully address your breakdown—care that addresses the causes of your breakdown, not just the symptoms. This leads to lasting recovery.

It may be hard now, but don’t lose hope. By seeking help at a residential treatment facility you can heal your heart and mind and get your life back. It may seem impossible now, but with time, you can begin feel to peace within yourself again. It just takes a little patience and the courage to seek help when you need it.

Bridges to Recovery offers comprehensive residential treatment for people struggling with mental health disorders as well as co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders. Contact us to learn more about our renowned Los Angeles and San Diego-based programs and how we can help you or your loved one start on the path to lasting wellness.