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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry
4641 Gulfstarr Drive; Suite 106
Destin, FL
 

Dr. Deborah Simkin is an addiction psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry specialist in Destin, FL. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Simkin is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
4507 Furling Lane; Suite 110
Destin, FL
 

Dr. Mara Fiorentino's area of specialization is psychiatry. On average, patients gave Dr. Fiorentino a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
138 Baywind Drive
Niceville, FL
 

Dr. Henry Boilini is a specialist in psychiatry. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boilini honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Counseling
215 Mountain Drive; Suite 106
Destin, FL
 

Ms. Linda Buckland's specialty is counseling. She has indicated that her clinical interests include family therapy services, eating disorders, and couples therapy. She is in-network for United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more.

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Clinical interests: Couples Therapy, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Abuse, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy Services

Specializes in Counseling
4507 Furling Lane; Suite 208
Destin, FL
 

Ms. Tonya Freeman's specialty is counseling. Ms. Freeman has a special interest in terminal illness, depression, and correctional medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Depression, Grief, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Abuse, Terminal Illness, Correctional Medicine

Specializes in Social Work
385 Harbor Boulevard; Suite 230-a
Destin, FL
 

Ms. null specializes in social work. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychiatry
307 Boatner Road
Eglin Afb, FL
 

Dr. Nelson Pichardo specializes in psychiatry. Dr. Pichardo takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Social Work
101 Matthew Boulevard
Destin, FL
 

Mr. Eric Lamb works as a social worker in Destin, FL. Clinical interests for Mr. Lamb include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Mr. Lamb honors.

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Clinical interests: Attention Deficit Disorder

Specializes in Social Work
307 Boatner Road
Eglin, FL
 

Specializes in Social Work
4507 Furling Lane; Suite 212
Destin, FL
 

Mr. Michael McManus specializes in social work. Mr. McManus accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Psychology, Counseling, Addiction Therapy
215 Mountain Drive; Suite 106
Destin, FL
 

Dr. John Keller specializes in psychology, counseling, and addiction therapy and practices in Destin, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Social Work
1008 Airport Road; Suite D
Destin, FL
 

Specializes in Social Work
307 Boatner Road; Suite 114
Eglin Afb, FL
 

Specializes in Counseling, Psychotherapy
775 Gulf Shore Drive; Unit 1086
Destin, FL
 

Ms. Susan Shelton's specialties are counseling and psychotherapy. She practices in Destin, FL and Fort Walton Beach, FL. She takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Ms. Shelton's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Social Work
100 Veterans Way
Eglin Afb, FL
 

Specializes in Psychology
1008 Airport Road; Suite D
Destin, FL
 

Dr. Rachelle Hufstedler practices psychology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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