Mental Health in Washington, DC

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Healthcare at a Glance in Washington, DC

The District of Columbia healthcare resources serve more than just the capital, but also the surrounding cities of Northern Virginia. Neighboring city Arlington has ranked the #1 fittest city in American by the American Fitness Index. U.S. News ranks Inova Fairfax Hospital, a 923-bed medical center, #1 in the Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia area. The Fairfax campus includes a heart and vascular institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Inova Neurosciences Institute, Inova Children’s Hospital, Inova Women’s hospital, and the only Level 1 trauma center in northern Virginia. U.S. News ranks MedStar Washington Hospital as the #2 best hospital in the area, located in Washington, D.C. Other hospitals and healthcare systems include George Washington University Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Howard University Hospital. In addition to Inova Children’s Hospital there is Children’s National Hospital, which is ranked in the top ten children’s hospitals in the nation and #1 for newborn care by U.S. News. Veterans in the nation’s capital have access to the Washington DC VA Medical Center. The city is proud to offer community health clinics including Whitman-Walker Health and Marie Reed Health Center. Washington, D.C., is home to three medical schools and academic hospitals: George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Howard University College of Medicine, and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Mental health FAQS

What is a mental health provider?

Mental health providers are trained to help you manage and care for your emotional and behavioral wellbeing. These providers can include a variety of mental health professionals, commonly including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, and family and marriage counselors. An important distinction can be that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is trained to diagnose and treat mental illness with prescription medicine. A psychologist and other counselors typically have a masters degree, and are trained to treat through counseling. Whichever provider you choose, a mental health provider can be a crucial component in your overall health journey.