Frequently Asked Questions

For what issues might a person seek help from a mental health professional?

Depression is probably the single most common reason for seeing a mental health professional. However, we also provide a number of other services described above and for every mental health condition.

In addition to depression and bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, we also treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependency disorders, and personality disorders.

Therapy services are oftentimes provided for problems in living, interpersonal difficulties, grief counseling, marriage problems, and life cycle changes.

Is chemical and alcohol addiction considered to be a mental health issue?

Yes. It is also important to note that frequently, patients unconsciously use substances to manage how they feel. There may well be underlying mental health issues that need to be addressed once the chemical dependency problems are resolved and vice versa.

Does APC provide what may be called preventative service, such as marriage counseling?

Arkansas Psychiatric Clinic provides a variety of services at all levels, including family and marriage counseling. Unfortunately, most insurances do not cover many aspects of preventative care.  

What are some of the signs a person might need to see a mental health professional?

Depressed mood, loss of interest in one’s usual activities, insomnia, severe anxiety, numerous unexplained physical symptoms, perceptual distortions such as hallucinations or strange beliefs, paranoia, chronic and excessive nervousness, anger episodes, and interpersonal difficulties.

Should a person seek help from a mental health professional at the beginning of what may be considered a short-term crisis, for instance the death of a family member, loss of a job or divorce.

The simple answer is yes, primarily in order to prevent the development of a more serious disorder. Oftentimes, patients can talk first to their primary care physician; but should a condition and symptoms last more than two weeks, more specialized attention may be warranted.  

What are some of the most misunderstood aspects of having an illness that needs the attention of a mental health?

If individuals have no direct first-hand experience with mental health treatment, their view is often clouded by a stigma of chronic mental illness.

The reality is that as much as 20-30 percent of the population has some type of mood or anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and generalized anxiety and panic.

These illnesses are no longer shrouded in mystery of diagnostic uncertainty but represent biological and hereditary medical conditions that can be effectively treated and managed with a combination of medication and therapy.

In addition, a treatment of mental health problems is generally all-encompassing and includes attention to not only medication and interpersonal difficulties, but diet, sleep, lifestyle changes, and needs close contact with other medical problems to overall to integrate treatment and improve one’s health.

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