What Kind of Mental Health Help Do You Need?

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When you’re experiencing mental health symptoms, how do you know what kind of mental health help you need? Find out on HealthyPlace.

What Kind of Mental Health Help Do You Need?

When you’re experiencing mental health difficulties, it can be hard to know what to do and to determine what kind of mental health help you need. The mental health system can be confusing because there are multiple options available, and dealing with your symptoms can make everything else, such as finding mental health care, more difficult.

It’s common to wonder what kind of mental health help to seek. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single, straightforward answer because everyone is different. This is actually a good thing. Mental health treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.

There are a few different paths for you to take to get the mental health help you need. Very simply summarized, they include:

  • Your medical doctor, who can rule out medical causes for your symptoms, treat some conditions, and refer you to a specialist for more specific help
  • A psychiatrist and some specially educated psychologists, who deal with medication and provide some psychotherapy
  • A counselor or therapist, who does not prescribe or monitor medication but instead works with you to help you overcome your challenges

There are seemingly endless approaches to treatment within each of these mental health providers. The type of help you need depends on your symptoms, how much they’re interfering in your life, and your own personal preferences. A good place to start is by talking to your doctor about your mental health symptoms and how they affect you.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you’ve sought professional mental health help, what have your experiences been like (with anything other than specific medications)? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experience, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, October 23). What Kind of Mental Health Help Do You Need?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 18 from

Last Updated: October 25, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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