Mental Health

Mental Health Services in Ridgecrest

You’re Not Alone: We Can Help.

If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, it’s easy to feel lost and alone. But you’re not. In fact, nearly half of all Americans experience some kind of mental illness during their lifetime. These mental health struggles make it more difficult to hold down a career, have a committed relationship, and take care of your family. Some people become totally overwhelmed and feel like it’s challenging just to get out of bed in the morning. Put simply: Being mentally unwell affects your overall wellness. You can take comfort in the fact that you have nothing to be ashamed of, because many others face the same struggles you face.

Do I Have a Mental Health Problem?

The common signs indicating a mental illness include:

  • Consistent sadness and depression that lasts longer than 2 weeks
  • Significant mood instability
  • Anxiety that impedes your daily life
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation
  • Substance use to cope with unpleasant thoughts
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Relationship conflicts, such as sexual dysfunction
  • Attention and concentration problems
  • Unmanageable irritation or anger
  • Violent behavior
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Hearing voices

Understanding Your Choices

Our professional mental health clinicians understand how behavioral, mental, emotional, and substance abuse problems are important to address. That’s why we’re proud to provide a safe, supportive, and healing environment for patients admitted to the hospital as inpatients as well as those who see our clinicians on an outpatient basis. Our comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs offer a full continuum of mental health services designed to tackle each person’s unique problems and needs.

Outpatient services start off with meeting a psychotherapist for treatment evaluation. Treatment planning includes the development of what the patient would like to work on to better their mental health. Treatment plans can range from weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly services. In some cases, when the patient is doing well, they can touch base every 3 months to reevaluate their progress.

Mental Health Experts to Help You

Our clinicians include:

  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs): Patients undergo a personal evaluation from an LCSW to determine the most appropriate level of care they need from us. The LCSW evaluates, diagnoses, and treats nervous, emotional, and mental disorders and may prescribe counseling, psychotherapy, or psychiatric services.
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT): The LMFT is a mental health professional trained in psychotherapy and licensed to evaluate, diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of individual, couples, families, children and groups.
  • Psychologists: A psychologist (PsyD or PhD), or psychotherapist, evaluates, diagnoses, and treats mental health conditions. The psychologist has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and extensive post-graduate clinical training, but they do not prescribe psychotropic medication.
  • Psychiatrist: This medical doctor (MD) is the only mental health clinician able to prescribe psychotropic medication. They can also diagnose and treat the biological cause of mental disorders, and recommend the best type of psychotherapy for their patients. Many of our psychiatrists also offer telepsychiatry, where you can speak to them via your smartphone, computer, or tablet through streaming face-to-face video, meaning you don’t have to see them at an in-person appointment.

We Can Help: Contact Us at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s for Mental Health Services

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient mental health services in Ridgecrest, California. For questions about our program or further information about how to get a referral, please call Ridgecrest Regional Hospital at (760) 463-2880 today, or contact us online to get in touch.

Download our mental health brochure for specific information about our clinicians, locations, and the health insurances we accept at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.