Mental health support is available for patients and caregivers who are coping with the stress that can come with having a rare disease. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers guidance on the different types of mental health professionals
APA Psychologist Locator
Your level of comfort with a psychologist is important. Talking with them about their services can help you find someone with whom you feel at ease. Use the American Psychological Association tool, your location, and the Refine Search menu to find local options. The psychologist’s practice areas, treatment methods, licensure, and contact information is provided.
Find a Therapist
Rare patients and caregivers may find counselors and therapists specializing in chronic illness, stress, or grief to be helpful. The types of therapy offered will vary depending on the therapist's specific training program. Use the Psychology Today's Therapy Directory menus to refine your search.
Find a Psychiatrist
Psychiatrists are medical doctors that diagnose, treat, and manage diseases that affect mental, emotional, and behavioral health. They can provide therapy and prescribe medications. Psychiatrists can be hard to find in some areas. Using the American Psychiatric Association tool, you may need to expand your mile radius or search by state. Primary care doctors and insurance companies can also help you explore options.