• Farshid Afsarifard, Ph.D.

Ask Us: What is the best way to treat mental health problems?

Welcome to the first edition of Ask Us, where we answer your mental/behavioral health questions.

Our first question will be answered by Dr. Afrsarifard, our clinical director. Please email your questions to

Q: What is the best way to treat mental health problems?

A: Mental health problems affect one out of every ten people. Over the last 25 years, better medications and evidence-based behavioral treatments have proven to be highly effective in management of these issues. Although not all problems require treatment with medication, both the psychiatric (medical) and the psychological (behavioral) aspects must be simultaneously treated by a team of highly trained professionals in order to maximize success. Without an individualized treatment plan, the risk of relapse increases greatly and patients often become discouraged and/or drop out of treatment. This is a formula for disaster and the primary reason why mental health problems become chronic. All treatment should begin with an in-depth assessment and development of a comprehensive plan of care based on the individual’s specific needs.

Research shows that behavioral/psychological therapies, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), consistently produce the best results for treatment of mental health problems. DBT emphasizes teaching skills that include mindfulness (learning to be in the present moment), managing feelings, effectively dealing with stressful situations, and learning to handle relationships in a healthy way. These skills are taught in a supportive and validating setting so that an individual can focus on making the necessary changes needed to build a life worth living.

At PBHS, a highly trained group of professionals work as a team, utilizing DBT for treatment of a variety of mental health and addiction recovery problems. If you or someone you love is struggling with these issues, please contact us and we will schedule an assessment within 24 hours of your call.

Farshid Afsarifard, Ph.D.

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