Things to Consider With Mental Health Outpatient Care
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Types of Mental Health Outpatient Care
Mental health outpatient care is a form of treatment that enables individuals to receive help for mental health issues without staying in a hospital or other inpatient setting. This type of care often involves visits to a mental health provider as well.
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Therapies & Treatments
Therapies and treatments are the cornerstone of mental health outpatient care. These services seek to help individuals manage and improve their mental health. Standard therapies and treatments include individual psychotherapy, medication management, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. These therapies help to develop coping and communication skills.
Pros of Outpatient Care
Lower Costs to Patients
Accessibility to Treatment
Ability to Maintain Previous Schedule
Cons of Outpatient Care
Limited Access to Treatments
Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections
Another potential drawback is the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Outpatient care has a different sanitation and cleanliness level than inpatient care (since patients are free to conduct their regular activities outside of treatment, where they are unmonitored), so patients can be exposed to more germs and bacteria than in a hospital. This can increase the risk of catching a hospital-acquired infection.4
Difficulty Managing Medications
For those taking multiple medications in a mental health outpatient setting, they need to manage them effectively by themselves. In an inpatient setting, this is managed by the healthcare team, but in an outpatient setting, the patient must manage their medications independently. This can lead to medication errors, missed doses, and other issues that further complicate mental health issues.
Finding & Accessing Mental Health Outpatient Care
Types of Providers
Cost & Insurance
Your primary care doctor or a specialist can provide referrals to mental health providers best suited to your needs. Additionally, many mental health organizations offer referral services and provide helpful information in your area.
Navigating Mental Health Outpatient Care
Tips for Success
- Research providers before ensuring that the provider is a good fit.
- Take the time to understand the state’s laws and regulations about mental health care.
- Create a support system of family, friends, and other providers to help motivate and encourage you during the process.
- Develop a plan for following through with the treatment plan.
- Stay organized and plan for appointments and medications.
- Communicate openly and honestly with the provider about concerns or questions.
Alternative Options Can Help You Find Great Mental Health Outpatient Care
It is also essential to recognize that mental health outpatient care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The proper outpatient care can be a valuable resource for individuals seeking to improve their mental health.
Explore Your Options – Reach Out Today
If you have any questions about what kind of mental health outpatient care you need, reach out to Alternative Options today. We can help you figure out what kind of care or treatment you need, as well as create an individualized treatment program that will work best for you.
It’s never too late to reach out for outpatient care, and Alternative Options is here for you. Contact us today and let’s get you on the path to healing.