Mental healthcare is the term used to describe services devoted to treating and supporting patients with mental illnesses or impairments. A mental illness or impairment is a condition that affects cognition, mood, and/or behavior. Common mental illnesses include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
A team of professionals—including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers—provides mental healthcare by working together to develop and execute individualized treatment plans for patients. Treatment may involve medication, psychotherapy, counseling, and/or psychiatric hospitalization.