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Important Terms about Mental Health Centers

Mental health centers provide a wide range of services to persons suffering from psychological disorders. These clinics typically have facilities to treat everything from serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, to marital discord. If you are seeking out information on psychiatric treatments available at clinics in your community, you may encounter some terms with which you may not be familiar, so below we'll define some of them.

  • Inpatient - A person who stays continuously at a hospital or clinic for an indefinite period of time. Conversely, an outpatient is someone who visits a medical center only long enough to receive treatment, then is allowed to return to the community.
  • Psychiatrist - A doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental disorders. Unlike psychologists and other kinds of mental health workers, psychiatrists are legally authorized to prescribe medications to treat their patients.
  • Substance abuse - The habitual use of legal or illegal drugs in a manner that causes disruption to one's personal or professional life. Many mental health clinics offer aid to persons suffering from drug addiction.
  • Eating disorder - The umbrella term for a variety of abnormal eating patterns. The most common eating disorders are anorexia, the dangerous practice of severely restricting one's food intake, and bulimia, a type of compulsive behavior where sufferers routinely eat massive quantities of food and subsequently attempt to lose weight through hazardous methods. A less common eating disorder is pica, the compulsion to ingest non-edible materials.
  • Depression - A mental illness marked by persistently low mood and loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities. Severe depression lasting at least two weeks can meet the criteria for a major depressive episode.
  • Emergency detention - Committing an unwilling person to a facility if they are in imminent danger of harming themselves or others. Also called involuntary commitment.
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    American Mental Health Counselors Association
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    The goal of our association is to advance the profession of mental health counseling across the country. Mental health counselors and centers provide invaluable services for all types of patients.
    Mental Health America
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Get more information by contacting our dedicated members today.
     
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    Western Highlands Network
    356 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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    (828) 225-2800
     
    User Review: "Incompetent, consider patients as consumers, refer patients to doctors who are not trained in the mental health field. A..."
    Guilford Adult Care
    2322 Newton St, Greensboro, NC 27406
    Nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities live independently with pride and dignity. Our mental health services include counseling and therapy.
    (336) 294-5890
    Lifecare Counseling and Coaching
    1215 Jones Franklin Rd Ste 201, Raleigh, NC 27606
    We are licensed professional counselors with a common vision. We seek to blend clinical psychotherapy with Christian counseling for mental and spiritual wellness. Boost your spirits with our staff.
    (919) 851-1527
    Park Ridge Health
    100 Hospital Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792
    Park Ridge Health is not only a traditional hospital but also offers mental heath counseling, midwives and much more.
    (828) 684-8501
    Crystal Coast Autism Center
    5242 Hwy 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557
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    (252) 240-2255
     
    User Review: "Nicest people! they will do anything and everything to help you with what ever you need. If they cant help they will fine..."
    Rita-Kay Mabine Davis, MD, PC
    2837 Daisy Ln N Ste A, Wilson, NC 27896
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    (252) 206-5601
     
    User Review: "The people are nice and kind. The office is kid frendly."
    Ultra Violet Mental Health
    103 Dorsett Dr. Suite 200, Salisbury, CA 28144
    Ultra Violet Mental Health offers pediatric and adolescent psychiatric services as well as DNS service in Salisbury, CA. adult psychiatry, mental health, Psychotherapy services, child psychiatry
    (704) 870-8108
    Sara E Rosenquist Ph.D Psychologist
    1145 Executive Circle, Cary, NC 27511
    DrSara is a board certified clinical health psychologist with a specialty interest in sexual and reproductive health concerns. She is the author of After The Stork: The Couple’s Guide to Preventing
    (866) 337-4911
    Parkway Behavioral Health
    356 Biltmore Ave Ste 400, Asheville, NC 28801
    (828) 254-5008
    Appalachian Community Services
    Bryson City, NC 28713
    (828) 488-3294
    New River Behavioral Healthcare
    132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, NC 28607
    (828) 264-8759
    New River Area Mental Health Development
    895 State Farm Rd Ste 504, Boone, NC 28607
    (828) 264-6106
    Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas
    3701 Latrobe Dr Ste 140, Charlotte, NC 28211
    (704) 365-4380
    Innervision Inc
    415 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
    (704) 332-9787
    Alexander Youth Network
    5855 Executive Center Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212
    (704) 537-1202


    There are many different reasons an individual may seek help at a mental health center. The treatment of mental illness is the primary function of these clinics. They can assist those in the community and encourage families to work through the emotional distress caused by their loved ones disease. For people struggling with addiction problems or who may be dealing with substance abuse, a facility of this type is often necessary. Insurance can be used to help cover costs in many instances. Many women, but men also struggle with eating disorders. Bulimia and anorexia may be the result of body issues caused by low self-esteem as well as more deeply rooted issues. Depression is also a disease that can adversely affect one's physical well-being as well. Many people suffer from this condition and treatment can entail a combination of drug and psychiatric solutions. Adolescents dealing with family issues can have wide-ranging and long lasting effects on their lives. Solutions to these problems are paramount to leading a normal, productive adult life. The transition is not always an easy one to make, but proper counseling can be very effective. For those struggling with serious problems inpatient care at a clinic may be required. This can be accomplished at a community or even a private center. Regardless of the condition of the individual patient it is important to get assistance for these different types of illnesses. There are many different outreach programs available at hospitals or other health facilities. Society as a whole benefits from the well-being of all its citizens.
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