Did you know that in the United States, almost half of adults (46.4%) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime? Or that half of all mental disorders begin by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24? And yet, only 41% of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional health care or other services - something we find unacceptable.
Mental health and its challenges can take many forms. Some of the most commonly recognized mental health issues include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and addiction - although a comprehensive list of mental health concerns would be much longer. Dealing with mental health is especially important because its symptoms, and the burdens it places on patients, cannot always be seen. This makes it easier for patients to suffer in lonely silence, which further exacerbates the symptoms of the mental health condition. But our practice sees you - and wants to help.
Family Matters Direct Primary Care is here for those struggling with mental health care needs. To schedule a visit or sign up for our services, please contact us at (412) 685-3373 or submit an online appointment request for a free consultation. We allow a full hour for new patient appointments.
Note that you can also spend half an hour with one of our doctors during an initial consultation, where you can explore the DPC care model and ask us questions directly. You will have no obligation to register with us following a consultation. No medical advice or treatment will be offered at this consultation.
Many factors contribute to mental health problems. Biological factors (i.e. genetics and brain chemistry) are a common source of these health issues. This is because any time the brain and body are exposed to a change in internal chemistry (i.e. hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.), we begin to interact with the world differently than we would otherwise.
Changes in our natural chemistry are not the only reasons for mental health issues, however. Traumatic life experiences, such as abuse, can also trigger a mental health decline. And unfortunately, a family history of a disorder increases one's risk of suffering from that disorder themselves.
While specific risks may vary slightly based on an individual and their diagnosis, the following are all examples of what can result from a lack of mental health care:
While specific symptoms may vary from health issue to health issue, generally speaking, experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
If you have additional questions about specific care options for a particular health issue, please contact us! We would love the opportunity to review your needs and determine if we are a good fit for your healthy living efforts.