When you suffer from a mental health condition like depression or ADHD, you know the huge impact it has on your life, your health, and your functioning. At Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC, the team of highly trained professionals understands this impact and offers primary care mental health services. If you live in or near Plant City, Florida, and want a family doctor who can also handle your mental health needs, call today or go online to schedule your initial consultation.
Mental Health Q & A
What is primary care mental health?
Primary care mental health combines the essential health care aspect of primary care and broadens it to include mental health services. When a patient can receive care for their hypertension at the same time as their depression, it improves continuity of care and builds a stronger doctor-patient relationship.
By providing these services through primary care, more patients get the help they need, especially with conditions like depression and anxiety, which many may not seek professional therapeutic care for. Issues like medication and treatment compliance may also improve, as the patient interacts with the primary care physician more often and may feel more at ease.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an inclusive diagnosis for adults and children who have issues with inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity. They may struggle in all three of these areas or only experience symptoms in one or two.
When discussing ADHD symptoms, it’s easiest to understand them within the symptom groups:
- Inattention symptoms like procrastination, disorganized, and lack of focus
- Hyperactivity symptoms like fidgeting, squirming, and restlessness
- Impulsivity symptoms like impatience, talking over people, and struggling to wait their turn
Adults and children whose symptoms tend to focus in inattention may be considered to have a specific type of ADHD referred to as attention-deficit disorder (ADD). Although not uncommon, ADD is no longer an official diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of depression and anxiety?
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues in the United States and they often develop together. If you think you’re depressed, you may experience symptoms like:
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, or guilt
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Decrease in libido or lack of interest in sex
- Lack of energy
- Feeling like you’re in slow motion
- Issues with concentration and decision making
- Sleep issues, including insomnia and chronic oversleeping
- Appetite and weight changes
- Thoughts of death and/or suicide
- Physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder manifest differently. You may suddenly become fearful to the point that you start sweating, have chest pain, and feel palpitations in your chest.
You may worry about things outside your control or become self-conscious about leaving the house to run errands or participate in activities. You may obsess about what others are thinking and become paranoid that you’ll be embarrassed or teased.
To learn more or schedule your appointment, go online or call the office today.