GETTING MENTAL HEALTH HELP
March 5th, 2015
Mental illness refers to disorders related to mind that affects your thinking, mood, and behavior. According to a recent study report by National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, about 25% of Americans (65 million) suffer from mental disease of one kind or another. These people suffer daily stress due to their mental condition and face problems in their professional and personal lives.
In order to cope with their mental illnesses, some turn to drugs and substance abuse to get a grip on their moods and emotions. These people need outside help and assistance to work through their mental disorders and enable them to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
Professionals that specialize in treating mental conditions are known as clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and counselors with expertise in the areas of mental health assessment, human behavior, diagnosis and treatment and behavioral change. The psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to treat various types of mental disorders.
Note: Remember that all health care professionals are ethically bound to keep all the information about the patients confidential and secret. However, the therapists are also legally required to report information about threats to harm another person or blow up a place.
Choosing the right Mental Health Care Provider
Selecting the right mental health care facility is vital for effective treatment of the mental illness. Finding the right mental health care firm requires research and planning. You need to think about the quality of services provided by the firm and the fees that they charge to the patient. Some of the questions that you should ask before selecting a particular mental health care facility include:
- How many years have they been providing mental health care services?
- Do they employ licensed and trained clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, or counselors?
- What kind of treatments are used for treating the mental condition? Do they rely on medication or behavioral therapy to treat the condition?
- Do they accept medical insurance like Medicaid or Medicare Insurance?
- What is the fees structure? Do they have a sliding scale fee policy? Do they charge on the duration of each session?
The mental health care facility must provide treatment for specific mental illness of the patient. You should find out whether the facility has the capacity and expertise to treat different types of mental disorders.
After you have found the right mental health facility, you must ensure that the treatment is working for you. In case you are not satisfied with the services or don’t feel comfortable about the specific treatment, you should talk about your concerns with your mental health care provider. You should not feel compelled to stay with the mental health care provider, if you feel that the patient’s condition is not showing any improvement by the treatment.
In the end, finding the right mental health care facility is certainly not easy. You have to conduct extensive research and home in on the right one through trial and error. But the effort is rewarding in the end, as the patient life’s improves allowing them to live a more productive and successful life.
Mental Health Services Naples, Florida
At the David Lawrence Center in Naples, Florida, we provide a wide array of mental health treatment to our patients. From the initial assessment to aftercare treatment, our professional mental health experts will ensure that you’re receiving the proper care.
For more information, please contact us on our website here or call us at (239) 455-8500.