When someone is suffering from an ongoing mental health disorder that is disrupting their normal life activities, they may benefit from a more concentrated treatment program. Depending on the severity of the mental condition and the individual’s overall health, there are three main categories of mental health treatment: hospital inpatient, residential, and outpatient, or day treatment.
Mental health treatment programs can be found in various formats. For the highest level of care, a psychiatric hospital environment is appropriate. Others may thrive in a residential environment, often a comfortable home setting. There are outpatient mental health centers that offer counseling services and oversight of medications, best for the patient who is mentally stabile.