Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social
well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with
life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to
others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every
stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
“Mental health has a complex interactive relationship with
physical health and the ability to succeed in school, at work,
at home, and in society” adds Dr. Labellarte.
Some people think that only people with mental
illnesses have to pay attention to their mental health.
But the truth is that your emotions, thoughts
and attitudes affect your energy, productivity and overall health.
Good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday
hassles and more serious crises and challenges. Good mental health
is essential to creating the life you want.
Promoting early childhood mental health is
considered to be synonymous with healthy social and emotional
development. Mental health difficulties and disorders experienced
by very young children can impede a child’s development.
Our practice focuses on alleviating the distress and suffering
of a child or adolescent’s mental health problem and supporting
them and their families in returning to healthy development and
health issues are common but not typically discussed. Most adults
know at least a few people who struggle with depression or anxiety.
More than one in four American adults has a diagnosable mental-health
disorder, and one in seventeen has a serious disorder such as
schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute
of Mental Health. But chances are you have no idea who they are.
“Our culture has no framework for talking about mental health
or recognizing that some of our best and brightest people, statistically,
would have a mental-health issue” says Dr. Shank.
Our practice focuses on those individuals with
complex stories. Patients often find us after being treated by
other providers without progress or improvement. Our providers
are out of network and our patients value the extra time, expertise,
and thoroughness we offer. Being out of network, is a different
type of investment in mental health. Clients hold us to a different
standard and not only expect to see results of working with us,
but are ready to do their part in that process.