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Dr. Valerie Jo Willman PH.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 2-3930G Kaumualii Highway, Lawai, HI 96765
Clinical Interests: relational therapy, depression, short-term therapy ... (Read more)
Ms. Michele A. Rodgaard-McGinley LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 2-2514 Kaumualii Highway, Kalaheo, HI 96741
Mrs. Mary Frances Tyson-Marchino RPT, MFT, CSAC
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 3417 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756
Dr. Maria Briones PH.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 3176 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756
Clinical Interests: depression, behavior problems, behavioral therapy ... (Read more)
Dr. Kenneth Warren Gilstein PH.D.
Specializes in Neuropsychology, Psychology
Address: 3579 Kaloke Road, Kalaheo, HI 96741
Dr. George Fritz EDD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 3914 Kilohana Street, Kalaheo, HI 96741
Mrs. Shanti Kay Manzano MSW, LCSW
Specializes in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work
Address: 5476 Koloa Road, Koloa, HI 96756
Krishna Kumar M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 4100 Oni Place, Kalaheo, HI 96741
Mrs. Carol Jean Marsh PHD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 4100 Omao Road, Omao, HI 96756
Maria Rose Parreno PSY.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 4353 Waialo Road, Eleele, HI 96705
Margaret Bubon Smith MA
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 4055 Aka Road, Lawai, HI 96756
Ms. Shayla Makanoe Mie Thompson
Specializes in Mental Health
Address: 4111 Waha Road, Kalaheo, HI 96741
Connie Williams
Specializes in Mental Health
Address: 3223 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756
Ms. Kristy Linoz
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 3705 Koloa Road, Lawai, HI 96741

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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