Get your happy back at these 3 mental health services in the Huntsville area

Dr. Hayden + Leah Collier
Dr. Charles Hayden, MD and Leah Collier of TMS Huntsville. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

While your mental health is very important to maintain, it’s definitely easier said than done, depending on the symptoms and stigmas you experience. Luckily, Huntsville has several facilities offering top-notch mental health services to help you through whatever situation you’ve found yourself in.

Read on for three of the Rocket City’s most innovative facilities and more information on why this topic is so important — specifically on what propels the stigma and how the conversation has changed over time.

A note on mental health

Taking care of your mental health is no joke, and it’s become increasingly challenging, given how easy it is to get lost in the swirl of modern maladies such as doomscrolling and imposter syndrome.

Leah Collier, the practice administrator at TMS Huntsville, says the stigma around mental health stems from it being seen as a weakness:

“A lot of times, when you fill out job applications, it asks things like, ‘Do you have a disability?’ So mental health is considered a disability, but you don’t want to put that on there.”

Leah Collier, Practice Administrator, TMS Huntsville

According to Dr. Charles Hayden, MD of TMS Huntsville, people with mental illnesses like depression and psychosis have been misunderstood throughout history. Fortunately, the conversation around this topic is opening up more than it ever has before.

“We have so many effective treatments now that we didn’t have even 20 years ago.”

Dr. Charles Hayden, MD, psychiatrist, TMS Huntsville

1. TMS Huntsville

Dr. Hayden w/ the TMS machine, which helps assist mental health in a unique way
Dr. Hayden standing with the non-invasive TMS treatment device. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

At TMS Huntsville, “treatment-resistant” patients who don’t respond well to other forms of medication may find hope with a lesser-known treatment: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This method involves a magnetic pulse that stimulates surface brain cells to tap into new neural networks and other biochemical changes, all with fewer side affects than traditional medication.

“Patients usually start to feel better around the third week. They’ll notice they’re sleeping better, energy is coming back, they’re starting to enjoy themselves, interest in hobbies is coming back, and irritability and anxiety goes down.”

Dr. Charles Hayden, MD, psychiatrist, TMS Huntsville

2. Serene Counseling Services, LLC

JasmineSerene Counseling Services for mental health
Jasmine Watson, MS Ed, LPC, NCC of Serene Counseling Services, LLC. (Serene Counseling Services, LLC / Facebook)

Jasmine Watson, founder of Serene Counseling Services, is involved in multiple professional associations including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She has experience in faith-based therapy, trauma-focused treatment, women-specific issues and much more.

3. Behavioral Sciences of Alabama

The team at Behavioral Sciences of Alabama
The team at Behavioral Sciences of Alabama. (Behavioral Sciences of Alabama / Facebook)

Behavioral Sciences of Alabama has a large team that specializes in several different areas. From anxiety, OCD and ADHD treatment to child/parent and marriage/family counseling, this team has over 100 years of experience combined. You can also find their long list of extra patient resources.

It’s never too late to start on the road to brighter days. You can find yourself again by taking advantages of the resources at these top notch mental health facilities. 

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