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
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
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
- Where: 5151 Research Dr NW suite b-1, Huntsville, AL 35805
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-12PM, 1-4PM; Friday 8AM-12PM, 1-2PM
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2. Serene Counseling Services, LLC
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.
- Where: 2346 Pansy St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-3PM, Friday 8AM-12PM
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3. Behavioral Sciences of Alabama
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.
- Where: 810 Shoney Dr SW #120th, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-5PM, Friday 8AM-4PM
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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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