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Dr. Ryan S. Shugarman M.D.
Specializes in General Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
4.5 Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 901 Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Bergina Brickhouse Isbell MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
1 Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 123 45th St, Washington, DC 20019
Xiaoqing Peng PHD, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1100 Alabama Av, Washington, DC 20032
Tara Codee Mauro D.O.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1050 Perimeter Road, Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762
Dr. Raymond B. Wertheim M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
2.33 Average rating 2.33 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 220 Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Dr. Shana Jeanelle Gage M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
Address: Suitland, MD 20746
Mrs. Julia Terese Lopez MSW, LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 3900 Forestville Road, Forestville, MD 20746
Mark Rosse M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
3.13 Average rating 3.13 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: Washington Cir, Washington, DC 20037
Ms. Michele Theresa Cole L.C.S.W.
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 117 St.; Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Clinical Interests: depression, relationship issues, personal growth and development ... (Read more)
Dr. Dwayne Bennett M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1328 Se St, Washington, DC 20020
Dr. Gail Bleach PH.D.
Specializes in Psychology
2.29 Average rating 2.29 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
Address: 9006 Woodyard, Clinton, MD 20735
Clinical Interests: depression, crisis intervention, relationship issues ... (Read more)
Dr. Kahlil Ali Johnson M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 1220 12th St, Washington, DC 20003
Stephanie Denise Wilson M.D.
Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry
Address: 1100 Alabama Av, Washington, DC 20032
Dr. Brian Ron Sims M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 66 Canal Ctr, Alexandria, VA 22314
Melanie B. Ness LICSW, LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 1000 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Clinical Interests: sensorimotor psychotherapy, psychotherapy treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ... (Read more)
Dr. Debra Anne Henry M.D.
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 228 Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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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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