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Dr. Edward Francis Cavanagh M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: Atascadero, CA
Laura Mae Leard M.D.
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Daniel Coulter MD
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Ms. Linda Kay Shaleen LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 212 Main, Templeton, CA 93465
Elouisa V. Dizon MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Hadley Charles Osran MD
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Gabrielle Marie Paladino MD
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
1 Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Dr. Peter Robert Russell PH D
Specializes in Neuropsychology, Psychology
4.9 Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
Address: 10420 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Michael M. Chang MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Dr. Cindy Kang Elliott M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Christopher Marra D.O.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Amy Marie Watson LCSW
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 5575 Capistrano Av, Atascadero, CA 93422
Dr. Robert Stephen Zeszotarski M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Dr. Michael Arcuri M.D.
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Douglas Lee Burton PHD
Specializes in Group Therapy, Counseling, Psychology
Address: 10333 El Camino Real , Atascadero, CA 93422
Clinical Interests: family therapy services, group therapy services, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ... (Read more)
Janet Hayden
Specializes in Addiction Therapy, Counseling
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 6500 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422
Clinical Interests: divorce counseling, anxiety, trauma ... (Read more)
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What is Mental Health Care?

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
  • Feeling hopeless
  • 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.
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