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When mental health concerns lead to suffering and or disruption with work, school or social activities then professional help should be sought. Below are the types of treatment that could be right for you or someone you love. 

The first step is to always ask for help and secure a referral to a mental health professional. You can do so by speaking with your Primary Care Physician or going through your insurance (call the number listed on your insurance card).


Mental health professionals include the following:

  • Psychiatrist (Medical Doctor [MD] or or Doctor of Osteopathy [DO])

    • ​A medical school graduate trained to diagnose and treat mental illness with use of prescription psychiatric medication and alternative treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and/or therapy.

    • Other trained mid-level professionals that can and diagnose and facilitate psychiatric treatment (depending on the state they may or may not be required to be under the supervision of a licensed Psychiatrist).
      • Psychiatric Physician Assistant/Associate

      • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

      • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (APRNs) 

  • Clinical Psychologist (PhD or PsyD)

    • ​Trained to diagnose and treat mental illness with use of therapy (some states do allow licensed clinical psychologists to also prescribed medications).

    • Other trained professionals that can provide therapy services including the following:

      • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

      • Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

      • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) 

      • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)

      • Creative Arts Therapist


The mainstay of psychiatric treatment remains medication. From antidepressants like SSRIs (Fluoxetine, Sertraline) to target depression and/or anxiety to antipsychotics like Aripiprazole to target Schizophrenia and/or Bipolar Disorder

Alternative Psychiatric Treatment

The future of psychiatry is bright with the development of new therapeutics including Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Psychedelic assisted psychotherapies.


The other mainstay of mental health treatment is psychotherapy. With so many therapy options to choose from find out which would best suit you

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