Screening for depression

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Recognizing depression

Mental health screenings are something most people don’t expect to need, but mental illness can strike anyone. Alcoholism, eating disorders, schizophrenia and depression are all illnesses that a mental health professional can diagnose with a screening. The various forms of depression are what we’ll be discussing today.

Major depression is more than just a depressed feeling most of the time. Different people are affected by it in very different ways. Some lose weight, some gain weight, some feel as if they’ve been “sped up” or “slowed down,” some have trouble sleeping at night and others find themselves feeling sleepy during the day. But if you feel depressed most of the day on a majority of days, have lost the ability to enjoy things that used to be fun, feel listless, worthless or guilty and have trouble making decisions, you may be suffering from major depression — or chronic depression, which is similar but not as intense.

There are other forms of depression. People who suffer from atypical depression are capable of moments of happiness when something good happens. Atypical depression is also associated with increased appetite, greater need for sleep and a feeling of heaviness. Postpartum depression is specific to women who have just given birth. In the case of bipolar disorder, the symptoms of major depression alternate with periods of high energy.

If you recognize your own feelings in any of this, it is a good idea to seek out a mental health screening from a professional. Online tests and self-diagnosis are much less reliable.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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The warning signs of schizophrenia

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Symptoms of schizophrenia

The symptoms of schizophrenia usually begin some time between 16 and 30. Although there are a number of online tests, schizophrenia is very hard to self-diagnose, because the parts of the brain that are affected include those that might be used to perform the diagnosis. If the symptoms include hallucinations, the sufferer may not be able to recognize these as hallucinations or separate them out from day-to-day experience, or may start regarding all of his or her reality as a dream or video game. Delusions likewise seem like normal parts of reality to the sufferer, even if he or she is aware that they sound like “the sort of thing crazy people believe.” For that matter, since the symptoms of schizophrenia include a loss of motivating emotion that can make it impossible to do work or engage in even simple self-care, the sufferer may find it as difficult to seek help as he or she does to do anything else. You should encourage anyone in Matthews, NC who seems to be suffering from any of these symptoms to get a mental health screening.

The only symptoms that a sufferer is likely to be able to recognize as warning signs and be able to act upon are the cognitive symptoms — an inability to remember, organize thoughts or make decisions. These can be mistaken for the effects of stress, fatigue or lack of sleep. Even in cases where this is all they really are, they add up to a good reason for a mental health screening.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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Warning signs of alcoholism

Alcoholism is a very serious condition. According to the CDC, excess alcohol use leads to an average of 88,000 deaths every year. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, there are some questions you can ask to determine if you might have a problem. They include:

  • Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?
  • Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?
  • Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn’t pass out?
  • When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won’t know about it?
  • Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?
  • Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?
  • Has a family member or close friend expressed concern or complained about your drinking?
  • Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?
  • Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?
  • Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?
  • Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?
  • Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

Given that none of us are as good at introspection as we like to think we are, and the boundless human capacity for self-deception, it is best not to try too hard to diagnose yourself. If you think you might have a problem, the next step is to get a mental health screenings.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screenings services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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Mental health problems can be diagnosed

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Many people don’t see warning signs

Last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. If you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. There is nothing wrong with not knowing about a mental health awareness week. The problem comes when you aren’t aware of problems in your own mental health, or in that of the people closest to you.

Many people ignore warning signs in themselves and others due to the social stigma of mental illness or the fear of expenses they might not be able to meet. Less than half of those who need professional help seek it out. But mental health is an essential part of overall health, and if you are at all worried, mental health screenings should be approached without reluctance or shame. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has his or her own set of stresses which can cause problems or worsen existing issues.

Common problems

One common mental health problem is alcoholism. If you find that the usual amount of alcohol doesn’t get you as drunk as it used to, if you feel sick when you have gone without alcohol for a while, or if you think about drinking to the point where you forget about everything else, it may be time to talk to a doctor. If you want to cut back but haven’t been able to, you should ask for help. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, is much the same as alcoholism.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide in others. If someone seems particularly withdrawn, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden on others, you should suggest that they seek help as soon as possible.  If you find yourself dwelling on the subject of suicide, it is even more important that you get a mental health screening.

Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety can all be signs of problems with mental health. Professionals can diagnose many problems using mental health screenings. These problems include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online tests are available, it is better to have the test done by a mental health professional. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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You may need a mental health screening

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Early warnings are important with mental health problems

(The following is a dramatization.)

Psychological problems have a way of sneaking up on people. They start out within the range of normal behavior, but then veer into more dangerous habits.

Kevin thought it was normal to get drunk every weekend. It was just his way of having fun. Then he began to notice that it was not as much fun as it used to be. He needed more drinks and stronger drinks to get the same effect he had once gotten from a few beers. During the week, he would zone out in class and watch the hands of the clock inch their way towards the moment when he could start drinking again. When he saw what this was doing to his grades, he began to wonder if he needed help. A mental health screening let him know that what he was experiencing was the early stages of alcoholism, but there was still time to recover with relatively little damage to his life or health.

Beth thought it was normal to feel down from time to time, but lately she felt down all the time. The things she used to enjoy — tennis, her favorite TV shows, hanging out with her friends — lately did not give her any pleasure at all. She found herself worrying a lot. Worrying about grades, about money, about her boyfriend, about her weight. She found herself waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep. She felt worthless, and could not say exactly why. It was becoming harder and harder to imagine doing anything to fix any of this. It was the headaches and nausea that made her wonder if she had a medical problem. She went to get a checkup. The doctor she described her symptoms to recommended a mental health screening. There she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression.

Scott thought the listless and withdrawn behavior of his roommate was normal. Then his roommate started talking about feeling trapped. He kept apologizing for everything he did, and claimed he was burdening his family with the money they were spending. When he started talking about suicide, Scott urged him to get a mental health screening.

A number of problems can be diagnosed by mental health screenings. These include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screenings services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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Mental health problems diagnosable

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Early warnings are important with mental health problems

When it comes to mental health problems, early detection can save lives. Too many people ignore warning signs in themselves and others due to the social stigma of mental illness or the fear of expenses they might not be able to meet. Less than half of those who need to seek professional help do so. But mental health is an unavoidable aspect of overall health, and mental health screenings should be approached without reluctance or shame. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has his or her own variety of stresses which can cause or worsen mental health issues. Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety are all signs of problems with mental health.

Mental health professionals can diagnose a number of problems using mental health screenings. These problems include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online tests are available, it is better to have the test administered by a mental health professional. People with no medical or psychological training may not be able to tell the difference between going through a tough time and suffering from the onset of mental illness, especially if they are trying to self-diagnose. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

One of the most common mental health issues is alcoholism. If you find yourself needing to drink more and more — or to drink stronger drinks — in order to get the same effect, if you feel sick when you have gone without alcohol for a while, or if you think about drinking to the point where you forget about other duties and activities, it may be time to talk to a doctor. If you want to drink less but have not been able to do so, you should ask for help. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, follows much the same pattern.

If you find yourself dwelling on the subject of suicide, it is even more important that you get a mental health screening. You should also be alert for the warning signs of suicide in others. If someone seems more withdrawn than usual, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden, you should recommend that they seek help as soon as possible.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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Detecting mental health troubles in their early stages

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Watch for the warning signs

It is hard to ask for a mental health screening — so much so, in fact, that some communities in North Carolina are using computers to help people self-screen for mental health and substance abuse issues. But mental health is an unavoidable aspect of overall health, and mental health problems, like any other health problems, should be confronted without shame or reluctance. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has to deal with their own set of stresses which can cause or worsen mental health issues. Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety are all signs that something is wrong. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness is so strong that less than half of those who need to seek help do so.

Alcoholism is one of the most common mental health issues. If you find that drinking a certain amount of alcohol no longer affects you as it did before, if you feel sick when you have gone without a drink for a while, or if you are preoccupied with drinking to the point where you forget about other duties and activities, it may be time to talk to a doctor — especially if you want to drink less but have not been able to do so. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, follows a similar pattern.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide. If someone seems more withdrawn than usual, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden, you should recommend that they seek out a mental health screening. This is even more true if you find yourself dwelling on the subject.

Some of the problems that a doctor may be able to diagnose are eating disorders, alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts, drug problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online medical tests are available, it is better to have the test administered by a mental health professional. Individual may not be able to tell the difference between going through a tough time and suffering from the onset of mental illness, especially if they are trying to self-diagnose. A doctor is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Getting a mental health screening in Matthews, NC

If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness, you will want to find a place as near as possible for diagnosis and treatment. The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

 

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Do not be afraid to ask for a mental health screening

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Find out if something is wrong

Very few people ever expect to need a mental health screening, but many people do. Mental health is a crucial part of overall health, and mental health problems should be faced the same way as any other health problems. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — is subject to their own set of stresses which can induce or worsen mental health problems. Tragically, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, less than half of those who need to seek help do so.

It is difficult to spot the warning signs of mental illness in others, and even more difficult to do so in oneself. Alcoholism is one of the most common mental health issues. If you find yourself needing to drink more and more in order to get the same effect, feeling physically ill when you have not had a drink in a while, or thinking about drinking to the point of forgetting about other duties and activities, it may be time to talk to a doctor — especially if you want to drink less but have not been able to do so. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, follows a similar pattern.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide. If someone seems unusually withdrawn, talks about feeling trapped and being in pain, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden, it may be time to point them in the direction of a mental health screening. This is even more true if you find yourself thinking about suicide often.

Signs of more general problems include increased anxiety or mood swings. Rapid weight loss or weight gain may also be a warning sign.

Tests and diagnoses

Some of the problems that a doctor may be able to diagnose are eating disorders, alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts, drug problems, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online medical tests are available, it is better to have a professional administer the test — someone who can recognize the difference between going through a difficult time and suffering from the onset of a serious mental illness. A doctor is also someone you can discuss your unique situation with in full confidentiality, and who can develop a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screening services in Matthews, NC

If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness, it is important to have somewhere near you for diagnosis and treatment. The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for patients with mental health disorders. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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Information about mental health screening

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What is mental health screening?

Mental health screening is an important resource for individuals of any age, gender, or background. Your Matthews, NC subscription medical practice offers mental health screening, and many other comprehensive medical services. Mental health is often not viewed or treated with the same attention as physical health, but is very important.

Mental health screenings are a viable way to help detect potential mental and related physical health conditions. Similar to blood pressure, height, and weight, mental health screenings can help you detect early warning signs, and create a quick and effective route to avoid or treat issues. While you can take screenings online, it is very beneficial to have a doctor on hand that can help you interpret your results, manage your reporting, and obtain the appropriate counseling, medication, or other treatment needed. Some communities may particularly benefit from mental health screening, for example: middle and high school students, college and university students, workplace employees, those in the military, and virtually every other community. The truth is, mental health is something every individual should be cognizant of, and having screenings offered at your practice significantly helps lessen the stigma against talking about mental health. Some more common diagnoses include mood and anxiety disorders, like depression, generalized anxiety disorder, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse problems, suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.

What is a subscription medical practice?

Your Matthews, NC subscription medical practice offers many services and benefits beyond mental health screening. A subscription or concierge medical practice involves paying more for individualized, patient-centric care. Some of the benefits include urgent care for minor to moderate injuries, same-day and next-day appointments, wellness and nutrition consultations, family planning, screenings for abdominal aortic aneurisms, an in-house lab for quick turn-around, an in-house pharmacy for easy prescription pick-ups and refills, a state-of-the-art facility, excelled diagnostic testing and reporting, an HCG-based weight loss program, Botox for wrinkles, migraines, and excessive sweating, an online portal for scheduling and managing appointments, and a virtual concierge to keep track of all of your information.

Conner Family Health Clinic

The Conner Family Health Clinic is located in Matthews, NC and has doctors on call 24/7. The clinic is part of the nationally recognized Hallmark Physician Group. Conner Family Health Clinic is renowned for its individualized, patient-centric care, or which its mental health screenings and support for mental health disorders are excellent. Dr. Conner founded the clinic in January of 2005. He completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, then his residency in Asheville. He worked at a community health clinic in eastern North Carolina for two years to help treat migrant farm workers, and has also practiced medicine in Guatemala, Haiti, and Africa.

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