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Long-term Care

If you are struggling with a mental health challenge or illness, other forms of professional help may be more appropriate in the long term. A good first step is approaching a counselor, as they are trained in defining and providing information on various mental health services and treatments.

A Counselor can help you find tools and ways to manage mental health challenges in order to lead a fulfilling life. Additionally, they can offer advice and, sometimes, certain forms of therapy.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient care describes mental health treatment and services you receive from a hospital after or outside of hospitalization. This can include medication, counseling, and different types of therapy.

Counseling

A good first step is approaching a counselor, as they are trained in defining and providing information on various mental health services and treatments. They can offer helpful short term support in figuring out tools and ways to manage your mental health challenge or mental disorder in order to lead a fulfilling life. Additionally, they can offer advice and, sometimes, certain forms of therapy.

Therapy

Therapy is designed to recognize the root causes to mental health problems and to work through them. It encompasses different approaches, such as cognitive behavioral treatment, familial therapy or trauma-focused therapy. A large focus is a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and the interconnectedness of these components.

Different types of mental health professionals can provide therapy, namely therapists, psychologists
and psychiatrists.

Psychologist

Psychologists are mental health professionals with a college education/university degree. They can provide psychological evaluations, assessments and testing. Furthermore, they can diagnose symptoms and disorders. A psychologist offers regularly-scheduled therapy, but may not prescribe medication.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a medical professional. He or she can offer the same services as a psychologist and can additionally prescribe medication. Please fight any hesitation to verbalize the specific reason you are
seeking support.