Treatment For You
You should be commended for actually making the decision to seek out treatment for a mental health concern. While seeking psychological care is as easy for some people as scheduling a check-up with their doctor, for most people, it is a very anxiety producing, fearful process. It is estimated that 20% of the US population has a mental illness in any given year but there is a 10 year delay between the first onset of symptoms and first treatment. In addition, over 70% of persons referred by their physicians for mental health treatment do not follow through. It is unfortunate that so many people with psychological health issues continue to suffer needlessly when treatment is readily available.
Your 1st appointment is primarily an information gathering session for the provider. Their job is to listen. Beyond your immediate concerns, you may be asked about your physical and mental health history and your support system (family and friends). With this information, your provider will discuss with you treatment options and a plan of care that is individualized to meet the needs of you or your loved one. Listed in the "Treatment for You" drop down are some of the broad treatment options and programs that are available at SCMH. Keep in mind that all services are not listed and if you have read or heard about a particular treatment or service, ask your provider about it.