All parts of your health are linked
May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. During this month, we want to raise awareness about mental health, fight the stigma, and help people get the help they need. As we do this, we want to remind you each and every person that you are worthy of life, love and healing.
Many suffer from mental illness
Statistics show that more than 1 in 5 adults are living with mental illness in the United States. This could range from a mild to moderate behavioral, mental, or emotional disorder to a more serious disorder that substantially interferes with life activities.
Many people suffer from mental health concerns but this becomes an illness when you have ongoing signs and symptoms affect your quality of life.
It is okay to ask for help. Seeking medical advice can help you regain control of your life. You will be able to maintain the relationships and activities that are important to you.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms can vary from patient to patient as these types of conditions affect your behavior, thoughts and emotions. Symptoms can include:
- Feeling sad or down, a desire to withdraw
- Extreme mood changes
- suicidal thoughts
- Risk taking behaviors
- Overwhelming fear with physical symptoms like heart racing or quick breathing
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
- Drastic changes in behavior or parts of your life
- Strong difficulty to concentrate or focus
- Intense worries
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or other symptoms where you are concerned about the impact on your overall health, seek medical help. A doctor can diagnose and create a customized treatment plan.
Mental health is linked to other health issues
Living with mental health issues can lead to or be linked to other health issues. One study found patients with obesity or overweight have a 55% higher risk of developing depression.
All parts of your body are connected. It is important to address all health concerns so that you don’t begin to experience a myriad of issues. If you are struggling with weight issues, Healthstar Physicians Premier Medical has an Obesity Medicine doctor. Dr. Kabir Harricharan Singh has personal experience with overweight and is board certified in Obesity Medicine and Family Medicine.
If you are struggling with mental health issues, our team at Healthstar Physicians Premier Medical would love to provide you support on your journey to better health. Let us go alongside you and build you a treatment plan so that you can be an active and present in your life. Our team are all accepting new patients as well as most forms of insurance. Contact us to find out more.