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Get Help with Anxiety Through the Los Angeles County Mental Health Guide

Published on Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 3:29 pm
 

Individuals and families in Pasadena who may be suffering from mental illness or substance use, or anyone struggling with or in need of information about available mental health services in Pasadena, can click through a map on the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health website to find mental healthcare providers in the city and nearby locations.

At these centers, trained specialists can help people deal with anxiety and its effects and help find the right mental health care.

The map shows more than 30 mental healthcare providers in Pasadena, two in Altadena, and four in South Pasadena.

These centers are staffed by psychotherapists and psychologists, and are often able to expand services by supervising licensed and experienced professionals.

Psychologists offer a variety of services, including counseling, mental health education, psychotherapy, and behavioral counseling. They are also trained to treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses.

Those who may already have an anxiety diagnosis or who simply want to stop worrying or feeling anxious can avail of services at the Downtown Los Angeles Mental Health Center, at 529 Maple Ave. in Los Angeles, according to a Patch report.

Anxiety-related conditions can include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, and depression.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults each year.

Treatment of OCD patients can also be used in patients with health anxiety, as the disease is included in the group of OCD disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association. It is a form of psychotherapy and focuses on the cognitive component of therapy, the purpose of which is to help you recognize and understand the false and disturbing beliefs that activate anxiety, the report said.

Your therapist may advise you to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to explore and focus on the areas of anxiety that fall under the umbrella of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorder, and depression.

In Pasadena, Sync Counseling Center, at 482 N. Rosemead Ave. Suite 207, provides you with a safe space to talk to a therapist and other mental health professionals, and explore your thoughts, feelings, and challenges. This will help you develop problem-solving skills to actively reduce your work stress.

Among people who are affected by an anxiety disorder, only about 37 percent receive medication for their symptoms, the Patch reports quotes an American Psychiatric Association statement. About half of all people diagnosed with anxiety disorders are also diagnosed with depression.

To manage anxiety, therapy, medication, or a combination of both can be particularly effective, the report added. Professional treatment for anxiety is one of the most useful things anyone can do, especially when dealing with other mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Without treatment, people with an anxiety disorder are often so preoccupied with anxiety that they are unable to fully exercise their personal, professional, and social lives.

Seeing a licensed therapist in Pasadena can help you find the best treatment for your specific symptoms. The first step is to make an appointment with a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or chief psychiatrist.

To find a mental healthcare provider in Pasadena, visit www.locator.lacounty.gov/dmh and enter your address into the search box on the front page.

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