If you or a loved one is having thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, please contact a health care professional in your area immediately or contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained professionals are there to help you 24 hours a day- 7 days a week!
Let’s lift the veil on mental health. It doesn’t have to be intimidating or embarrassing. Mental health, emotional health, brain health is all one in the same. You can name it whatever makes you feel most comfortable. We are discussing your health and there should be no shame in seeking treatment. Do you feel shame or failure when you go to the dermatologist for a rash? No. Right, why would you? So, please, read through this list and find the help you need.
Don’t forget to advocate for yourself and your family in all scenarios. Ask questions. Get a second opinion. If a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluates your child and the diagnosis just doesn’t fit what you are seeing at home then it is your right and duty to get another opinion. Labels follow your child. Don’t let it be the wrong one.
Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in mental health. If you need a prescription for your child; consult a psychiatrist. Lets try to get past the negative stereotypes and go for the gold. Psychiatrists can evaluate your child, medicate your child and conduct therapy sessions with your child. It is imperative you express all of your concerns to the doctor. Do not minimize symptoms or behavior. The doctor needs the full picture in order to properly diagnose and treat your child. The most likely scenario will be this: You will see a psychiatrist on a monthly basis and then attend therapy sessions with a licensed therapist on a weekly basis to address your thoughts, feelings and behavior. In an ideal world, the psychiatrist will work with the therapist as a team to help you along your treatment path.
Psychologist: In most cases, she/he will hold a Phd in psychology and focus on evaluation, processes, testing, and diagnostics. You may attend group therapy or individual therapy with a psychologist. They do not prescribe medication. If you are working with a psychologist in your child’s school then you are most likely working with someone who holds a Master’s degree. He or she will do the diagnostic testing which determines what treatment or interventions your child will receive in school.
Therapist: A person who holds a Master’s degree and a clinical license to practice therapy. I held a L.C.S.W. in Indiana and worked as a therapist in a foster care agency, a small Christian-based therapy office and later in the public school system. I tell you this to let you know how broad the scope of practice is in the field of mental health. I had three years of supervised therapy practice in order to obtain my clinical license. Each state has a different requirement. If you are seeking a therapist, inquire if they are clinically licensed. Find out if they specialize in their practice because many times they have a particular field of expertise such as play therapy for small children. If at all possible make weekly appointments and keep them. It is vital for a therapist to build a relationship with your child and family to create progress. The only way they can do this is if they see you consistently in their office.
Alternate fancy therapist names:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW and LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Dr. Drew Ramsey is a practicing psychiatrist at Columbia University who is leading the movement in nutrition based healing for optimal brain health.
- Dr. Kelly Brogan is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.
- Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. Dr. Hyman practices and advocates for functional medicine.
- Dr. Sears is an American pediatrician who has written over 30 parenting books. He is a proponent of the attachment parenting philosophy. Highly informative on all issues related to children’s health, Dr. Sears is a wealth of knowledge for parents. If you are looking for discipline guidance, proper nutrition guidelines and a framework for healthy sleep habits then he is your go-to pediatrician online.
- Dr. Fuhrman is a staunch advocate for the vegan lifestyle and practices medicine from the perspective of improving one’s health through rigorous nutrition and lifestyle practices. He has written several books on the benefits of a vegan diet.
- Dr. Laura Markham is a renown clinical psychologist who has written books (Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids) and a comprehensive website on positive/peaceful parenting. Who doesn’t want to learn how to be a peaceful parent?
MENTAL HEALTH WEBSITES
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Psych Central
- National Institute on Mental Health
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- International OCD Foundation
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Association For Children’s Mental Health
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Drug Rehab.Com/Co-Occurring Disorders
MENTAL HEALTH APPS
ADOLESCENT SEXUAL HEALTH WEBSITES
REAL FOOD WEBSITES:
- 100 Days of Real Food
- My New Roots
- Whole Life Nutrition
- Kitchen Stewardship
- Love and Lemons
- Sprouted Kitchen
- Cookie and Kate
- Oh She Glows
- 101 Cookbooks