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Stacy Whitcomb-Smith PHD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 2 Big Sky, Waterville, ME 04963
Clinical Interests: depression, dialectical behavior therapy, stress management ... (Read more)
David N. Breer MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
0.75 Average rating 0.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 149 North St, Waterville, ME 04901
Glen E. Davis PHD
Specializes in Psychology
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Address: 2 Elm St, Waterville, ME 04901
Clinical Interests: anxiety, forensic evaluations, parenting issues ... (Read more)
Brooke B. Surran MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry
Address: 180 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Waterville, ME 04901
Dr. Jeff Matranga ABPP, PH.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 30 Chase Av, Waterville, ME 04901
Clinical Interests: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ... (Read more)
Robert Thomas Anderson MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
Address: 67 Eustis Pwy, Waterville, ME 04901
Paul L. Minot MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
4.25 Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 30 Chase Av, Waterville, ME 04901
Ms. June Thornton-Marsh LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 44 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901
Clinical Interests: abuse, depression, relationship issues ... (Read more)
Daniel E. Hoyt LMSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 16 Concourse West , Waterville, ME 04901
Omm Kathryn Stilwell LMSW-CC
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 16 Concourse West , Waterville, ME 04901
Heather Larae Reid LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 16 Concourse West , Waterville, ME 04901
Kerish N. Benttinen LMSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 32 College Av, Waterville, ME 04901
Kathy Caliendo LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 16 Concourse West , Waterville, ME 04901
Jacquelynne Lee Charity LMSW
Specializes in Social Work
Address: 67 Eustis Pwy, Waterville, ME 04901
Mary Louisa Barnhart MD
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 10 Water St, Waterville, ME 04901
Mrs. Donna Lee Welch LCSW
Specializes in Counseling
Address: 166 Old Waterville, Oakland, ME
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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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