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Approaching your family doctor about your mental health status can be challenging and overwhelming. But many have found that speaking with their family doctor opens up the door for the support and comfort they need to cope with the challenges they face.

How Your Primary Doctor Can Help

Your family doctor can:

  • Provide you with information that will help you better understand what you are going through
  • Recommend life skills and changes that can improve your mental health and help you tackle hurdles you may face
  • Monitor your mental health progress and prescribe medication if necessary
  • Refer you to a mental health specialist for further treatment and support if needed

Recognizing the Symptoms of Mental Illness

The first step to addressing your mental health with your doctor is knowing that you need to. It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of mental illness in yourself. Typically a friend or family member will notice changes before you do.

Learn more about the symptoms of mental illness.

Top 8 Mental Health Concerns Today

If you are dealing with symptoms of a mental illness, rest assured you are not alone. Mental illness is common among adults, young and old, as well as many of our youth today. It’s important to address any mental health concerns as they arise. The good news is that you don’t have to face this alone. Contact your family doctor immediately to seek help.

Here are some of the most common mental health concerns that many people experience today:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Stress
  4. OCD
  5. Bipolar
  6. Suicide
  7. Eating Disorders
  8. Addiction

Americans with Disabilities Act

Did you know that documented mental health illness qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? While you may not want to feel “singled out” or “labeled” with a disability related to mental health, this can mean the difference between being successful in school and your career and failing due to something that’s completely beyond your control. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against someone whose psychiatric disabilities substantially limit a major life activity.

Take that First Step

If you are your loved one is consistently challenged by a mental health issue, it’s time to seek help. Mental illness can not only damper your quality of life but can become dangerous if left unaddressed. At Conroe Willis Family Medicine, we are here to listen to your concerns and offer the support you need to feel like yourself again. Contact us to make an appointment today.

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