"If you have any love for your child, which I assume you do if you're seeking a psychiatrist, look elsewhere. He makes snap decisions based on a few basic questions that effect the entire family. These questions if asked by myself to a person on the street would give me no insight to who you are or what your mental state is. His biggest concern seems to be covering his own butt, no matter the cost to the patient he's "treating". He's admitted himself that it's not his job to get into the "meat" of my child's issues - he makes snap decisions. When asked to bring in a psychologist to talk to my daughter, he wasn't even able to keep the balls up in the air and make it happen. Now to add insult to injury - when my husband and I disagreed with his snap recommendation - knowing our daughter the way we do and what she would get the most benefit from and making arrangements to have it all in play when she got home - he opted to call CPS and say we were neglecting our daughter by not following his recommendation. We are now in the middle of trying to get custody back from CPS and get our child the help she genuinely needs from someone capable of helping her. If you need a psychiatrist - my suggestion is keep looking - this man is not anywhere near your answer. And to further making matters worse, his "social workers" at PCH seem to be his minions - if you question them or don't agree, you're in trouble.... Save yourself and your child from the whole ordeal, there is real help out there - don't settle, love your child more than just enough to let this quack take a whack at them.
Mental health care refers to a broad group of professionals who work to keep people mentally well. Just as physical illness can cause unwanted aches and pains, mental illness can cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Even people who are not dealing with a mental illness can suffer from the effects of a stressful situation and find it difficult to cope. Mental health care workers seek to improve the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of their clients, usually through therapy.
There are many kinds of mental health care providers. Some examples include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, substance abuse professionals, and social workers. Mental health workers treat patients at all stages of life and through many common problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several others.
Some of the symptoms that occur with mental health issues and may cause a person to seek treatment include:
Changes in eating or sleeping
Decreased energy, fatigue
Numbness or a lack of interest in life
Recurrent, persistent thoughts
Feeling unusually anxious, sad, angry, worried, or on edge
An inability to care for one’s self or perform daily tasks
Patients seeking mental health treatment have several options. The most widely used treatment is psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or simply ‘therapy’. In therapy, mental health workers guide patients as they talk about issues in their life and problem-solve ways to make positive, healthy changes. Some patients also take medication to treat mental illness. Medications are especially effective at treating the chemical imbalances behind more severe cases of depression, anxiety, and illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Many mental illnesses are treated with a combination of both medication and therapy. For example, in substance abuse care, medications to ease withdrawal symptoms are commonly used together with a specific kind of therapy called behavior therapy, which teaches patients how to handle challenging situations without drugs or alcohol. Mental health workers may also consult with physicians or use community resources to help patients function at their best.