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At least one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, intimacy issues, anxiety or other psychological disorders every year, according to a report released in conjunction with a mental-health initiative of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We have a set of public health issues that affect many people and affect them very deeply,” said Dr. Gary Belkin, a deputy commissioner of the health department.
If you need a mental health professional, the question which needs to be answered is what type?
A psychiatrist can prescribe medication but often do not counsel patients. They are medical doctors with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses. Most psychiatrists focus on prescribing the appropriate medication that’s going to work best for that individual and their concerns; a few also do psychotherapy.
Other options are as follows:
A psychologist is a professional who does psychotherapy and has a doctorate degree (such as a Ph.D. or Psy.D.). Psy.D. programs tend to focus on clinical practice and result in the professional having thousands of hours of clinical experience before they enter practice. Ph.D. programs can focus on either clinical or research work, and the amount of clinical experience a professional will gain varies from program to program. Psychologists receive specific training in diagnosis, psychological assessment, a wide variety of psychotherapies, research and more.
Typically a clinical social worker will have completed a Master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.) and carry the LCSW designation if they are doing psychotherapy (Licensed Counselor of Social Work). Most programs require the professional to go through thousands of hours of direct clinical experience, and the program focuses on teaching principles of psychotherapy and social work.
Most psychiatric nurses are trained first as a regular registered nurse (R.N.), but get specialized training in psychiatry and some forms of psychotherapy, typically including up to 500 hours of direct clinical experience. Psychiatric nurses in most states may also carry prescription privileges, meaning that they can often prescribe the same kinds of medications that a psychiatrist can.
Marriage therapists and couples counselors may have a Master’s degree and typically have between hundreds to thousands of hours of direct clinical experience.
If you are still unsure as to what you need, you should know, some of the conditions treated by psychiatrists are as follows:
To find a Top Psychiatrists in New York, whether you want one in
upscale areas such as TrBeCa, the Financial District, Boerum Hill, Greenwich Village, Battery Park City, DUMBO or other locations like the Bronx, Morris Park, Brooklyn or Bay Ridge, you should look for a New York Mental Health Directory which lists mental health professionals by price, distance, ratings and availability.
In this manner, patients can find the right provider for their needs.
Many patients turn to UMA Health every day to find the right Manhattan mental health professional for their particular needs. Patients know, besides the website, there is phone support which will help them pick a qualified professional to meet their needs.