Eskenazi Health pediatrician
From time to time many of us feel a little out of sorts or withdrawn, whether it’s because of lingering feelings of stress, depression, sadness, anxiousness or a sensation that leaves you believing things might be spinning a little bit out of control.
It’s times like these when you should consider contacting your primary care physician about undergoing a mental health screening.
Additional symptoms of mental illness include confused thinking, feelings of extreme highs and lows, excessive fears, social withdrawal, dramatic changes in sleeping and eating habits, excessive anger, delusions, hallucinations, an increasing inability to deal with daily problems, thoughts of hurting yourself and unexplained physical ailments.
Children who are dealing with mental health issues will display those symptoms and possibly the defiance of authority, truancy, theft and vandalism, intense fear, frequent outbursts of anger, changes in school performance and poor grades.
The prevalence of mental health issues is higher now in the United States than it’s ever been. But with early detection, disorders can be treated effectively and recovery is a strong possibility. The longer that depression and anxiety remain unchecked, the greater the possibility they will be an obstruction to living a normal, healthy and productive life.
Mental health screenings are one of the quickest and easiest ways to discover if you are experiencing an issue. A screening may be conducted by your primary care physician.
Screenings should be provided to everyone, including the young, pregnant women and the elderly, on a regular basis. A physical can determine if your symptoms are of a physical nature. Lab tests can detect alcohol and/or drug misuse or medical causes of symptoms and a simple list of screening questions like a PHQ2 or Edinburgh can help diagnose a mental illness. Integrated mental health with primary care makes this evaluation seamless.
These screenings can determine whether psychological evaluation and treatment would improve thought processes, reasoning, memory and overall function at home, work/school and community.
If you need a pediatrician for your child or a primary care physician for yourself, call 317-880-8687 or visit www.eskenazihealth.edu/doctors.