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Mohammed Saeed Aldosari M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Psychiatry
Average rating 4.97 stars out of 5 (60 ratings)
Address: 411 Laurel Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
Timothy Olson MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Leonard S. Richards DO
Specializes in Psychiatry
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1301 Penn Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316
Andrea Jane Bloch DO
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Clinical Interests: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Jim Andrikopoulos PH.D.
Specializes in Neuropsychology, Psychology
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
John Larson MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1750 48th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
Michelle Leigh Cushman PH.D.
Specializes in Counseling, Psychotherapy, Psychology
Address: 431 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Clinical Interests: anxiety, postpartum depression, mindfulness ... (Read more)
Mrs. Michelle Raye Stewart-Sandusky MS, LMFT
Specializes in Family Therapy
Address: 4725 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322
Clinical Interests: family therapy services, group therapy services, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ... (Read more)
Daniel J. Harkness LMFT
Specializes in Family Therapy
Address: 840 E University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316
James Dennert MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-643-0525
Kaycee Jo Page PT
Specializes in Therapy, Physical Therapy
Address: 5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
Clinical Interests: rehabilitation
Zachary Joseph Pacha MSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 1301 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Clinical Interests: anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotional disturbance ... (Read more)
Dr. Kindra Lee Perry LP, PSYD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Ms. Deborah Lynn Vanko LMHC
Specializes in Counseling, Family Therapy
Address: 1922 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Clinical Interests: depression, relationship issues, personal growth and development ... (Read more)
Sasha Farshid Khosravi DO
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Dr. Heather L. Soyer PSY.D.
Specializes in Child Psychology
Address: 1206 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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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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