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Danbury Hospital’s Psychiatry Chairman Discusses When Its Time to See a Mental Health Counselor or Specialist

Monday, June 03, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Charles R. Herrick, M.D.

Charles R. Herrick
Chairman, Psychiatry
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We all experience times in our lives when we feel down or hopeless and totally overwhelmed. A good support system with family, friends, and relationships with professional or religious organizations can be all that some people need to weather the changes that life brings. However, there may be extremely stressful times when we need help to deal with problems and issues that cause us emotional distress.

According to Dr. Charles Herrick, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Danbury Hospital and a physician member of the Western Connecticut Medical Group, there is no 'wrong time' to seek evaluation or advice from a mental health professional.

"If emotional concerns are affecting your ability to enjoy life or productivity at work or home, a trained counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist can provide you with the personal attention and tools necessary to improve your emotional health," said Dr. Herrick. "If you feel prolonged stress, anxiety, sadness or isolation, or are depressed for more than a few weeks, a mental health professional can offer individual counseling, a support group, medication and/or lifestyle changes to ease your concerns, getting you on a schedule to help you work through your feelings and struggles."

Dr. Herrick also noted that aging also brings on a wide variety of physical, emotional and social changes, and most women who seek professional care and support can significantly improve their outlook and coping skills to lead and enjoy a healthier life.

For more information on Mental Health programs and services offered by Western Connecticut Health Network (Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital), please call 1-800-516-4743. If you need a physician referral, call 1-800-516-3658 or search the online Find a Doctor tool to find a physician near you.

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