• What are the warning signs of mental illnesses?

    Mental health disorders affect countless Americans, yet many don’t seek the help they need. In some cases, this may be because patients are unaware that their problems are indeed signs of mental health problems that are medically treatable. This May, the theme for Mental Health Month focuses on increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems. Take a few minutes to become better informed about mental health. If you need help, you can rely on the compassionate, patient-centered care available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our mission is to help you enjoy better quality of life.

    Emotional shifts in mental illness

    The warning signs of mental illness can vary widely, depending on the specific diagnosis. Generally, the symptoms associated with mental health problems are persistent or severe enough to interfere in daily life. They include the following changes in mood:

    • Apathy
    • Unusual sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness
    • Nervousness
    • Unusual irritability, hostility or anger
    • Excessive worrying
    • Restlessness
    • Fear

    Thought patterns of mental illness

    Sometimes, mental illnesses can cause changes in a person’s thought patterns or cognition. Some signs include the following:

    • Sensation of being disconnected from one’s surroundings
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Unjustifiable suspicions of others
    • Memory impairment
    • Impairment of logical thought or reasoning
    • Exaggerated beliefs about one’s own abilities or importance
    • Hallucinations

    Physical changes of mental illness

    Mental health disorders often manifest in physical symptoms, such as vague aches and pains that can’t be attributed to an injury. Patients might also experience the following:

    • Changes in sleeping patterns
    • Changes in eating habits
    • Decline in personal hygiene
    • Elevated sensitivity to sounds, sights, smells or touch
    • Excessive fatigue
    • Headaches

    Social changes of mental illness

    Some people with mental health disorders appear to be socially well-adjusted, while others may impose social isolation on themselves. Some patients might:

    • Avoid friends
    • Avoid usual social activities
    • Have trouble relating to others
    • Experience the deterioration of relationships

    Functional impairments of mental illness

    Although many people with mental health disorders can still meet their daily obligations, it’s not unusual to experience some functional impairment. A person might have a decline in the quality and quantity of work at a job or school. In extreme cases, a patient might drop out of school, or get fired from or quit a job.

    For superior healthcare delivered within a supportive, positive environment, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Our healthcare providers continually strive for healthcare excellence across all our departments—from our emergency care to our heart health services. Call a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

  • What are the warning signs of mental illnesses?

    Mental health disorders affect countless Americans, yet many don’t seek the help they need. In some cases, this may be because patients are unaware that their problems are indeed signs of mental health problems that are medically treatable. This May, the theme for Mental Health Month focuses on increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems. Take a few minutes to become better informed about mental health. If you need help, you can rely on the compassionate, patient-centered care available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our mission is to help you enjoy better quality of life.

    Emotional shifts in mental illness

    The warning signs of mental illness can vary widely, depending on the specific diagnosis. Generally, the symptoms associated with mental health problems are persistent or severe enough to interfere in daily life. They include the following changes in mood:

    • Apathy
    • Unusual sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness
    • Nervousness
    • Unusual irritability, hostility or anger
    • Excessive worrying
    • Restlessness
    • Fear

    Thought patterns of mental illness

    Sometimes, mental illnesses can cause changes in a person’s thought patterns or cognition. Some signs include the following:

    • Sensation of being disconnected from one’s surroundings
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Unjustifiable suspicions of others
    • Memory impairment
    • Impairment of logical thought or reasoning
    • Exaggerated beliefs about one’s own abilities or importance
    • Hallucinations

    Physical changes of mental illness

    Mental health disorders often manifest in physical symptoms, such as vague aches and pains that can’t be attributed to an injury. Patients might also experience the following:

    • Changes in sleeping patterns
    • Changes in eating habits
    • Decline in personal hygiene
    • Elevated sensitivity to sounds, sights, smells or touch
    • Excessive fatigue
    • Headaches

    Social changes of mental illness

    Some people with mental health disorders appear to be socially well-adjusted, while others may impose social isolation on themselves. Some patients might:

    • Avoid friends
    • Avoid usual social activities
    • Have trouble relating to others
    • Experience the deterioration of relationships

    Functional impairments of mental illness

    Although many people with mental health disorders can still meet their daily obligations, it’s not unusual to experience some functional impairment. A person might have a decline in the quality and quantity of work at a job or school. In extreme cases, a patient might drop out of school, or get fired from or quit a job.

    For superior healthcare delivered within a supportive, positive environment, you can count on Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Our healthcare providers continually strive for healthcare excellence across all our departments—from our emergency care to our heart health services. Call a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

  • How Regional’s patient education philosophy sets us apart

    From April 3-9, 2017, the dedicated providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are celebrating National Public Health Week. This annual observance aims to make America the healthiest country through preventive medicine and robust public health systems. Here at Regional, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to giving our patients the best possible care. It’s our firm belief that ongoing patient education is an inextricable part of superior patient care.

    How patient education helps you

    Listen to this featured interview with one of our registered nurses to find out more about our approach to comprehensive patient education. She explains that patient education is a lifelong process that continually evolves and becomes especially crucial when a health problem develops. The goal of patient education is to empower patients to live life well .

    Effective patient education accomplishes the following:

    • Improves your understanding of your diagnosis
    • Informs you about your treatment options
    • Lets you know what to expect
    • Tells you which health changes to watch out for
    • Answers your questions in a clear, easily understood way

    Patient education is a cornerstone of medicine. It gives you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. The better you understand your health, the better you can support your quality of life.

    How we approach patient education

    Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we bring together leading physicians, specialists and nurses who truly care about our patients. Our providers are exceptionally approachable and personable. We don’t believe in lecturing to our patients about what they should or shouldn’t do.

    Instead, we believe that patient education is a two-way conversation that is focused on meeting your needs. It’s our mission to give you the tools and resources you need to make healthcare decisions.

    How we deliver exceptional patient education

    In addition to conversations with your healthcare providers, you can find reliable, accurate information from a number of sources. We offer The Patient Channel and The Wellness Network, which are available around the clock.

    Our secure, online Patient Portal gives you access to your medical records any time you wish. Your records include your upcoming appointments, discharge instructions, lab results and medication list.

    In addition to other resources, we offer ongoing classes and events, ranging from Pilates classes to infant care classes.

    For all of your healthcare concerns and questions, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here for you. We’re committed to giving you the uncompromising care you deserve across all of our departments—from emergency care and stroke care to robotic surgery and breast care. Call a member of our trusted nursing staff at (888) 762-8881.

  • How Regional’s patient education philosophy sets us apart

    From April 3-9, 2017, the dedicated providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are celebrating National Public Health Week. This annual observance aims to make America the healthiest country through preventive medicine and robust public health systems. Here at Regional, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to giving our patients the best possible care. It’s our firm belief that ongoing patient education is an inextricable part of superior patient care.

    How patient education helps you

    Listen to this featured interview with one of our registered nurses to find out more about our approach to comprehensive patient education. She explains that patient education is a lifelong process that continually evolves and becomes especially crucial when a health problem develops. The goal of patient education is to empower patients to live life well .

    Effective patient education accomplishes the following:

    • Improves your understanding of your diagnosis
    • Informs you about your treatment options
    • Lets you know what to expect
    • Tells you which health changes to watch out for
    • Answers your questions in a clear, easily understood way

    Patient education is a cornerstone of medicine. It gives you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. The better you understand your health, the better you can support your quality of life.

    How we approach patient education

    Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we bring together leading physicians, specialists and nurses who truly care about our patients. Our providers are exceptionally approachable and personable. We don’t believe in lecturing to our patients about what they should or shouldn’t do.

    Instead, we believe that patient education is a two-way conversation that is focused on meeting your needs. It’s our mission to give you the tools and resources you need to make healthcare decisions.

    How we deliver exceptional patient education

    In addition to conversations with your healthcare providers, you can find reliable, accurate information from a number of sources. We offer The Patient Channel and The Wellness Network, which are available around the clock.

    Our secure, online Patient Portal gives you access to your medical records any time you wish. Your records include your upcoming appointments, discharge instructions, lab results and medication list.

    In addition to other resources, we offer ongoing classes and events, ranging from Pilates classes to infant care classes.

    For all of your healthcare concerns and questions, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here for you. We’re committed to giving you the uncompromising care you deserve across all of our departments—from emergency care and stroke care to robotic surgery and breast care. Call a member of our trusted nursing staff at (888) 762-8881.