Mental Health

PREVENTIVE CARE

Preventive services or preventive care are those services offered by your primary care doctor, which consists of measures taken for disease prevention. A preventive care visit is a prevention-focused visit with your primary care physician intended to prevent illnesses and detect health concerns early. This is different from a regular office visit, which is a problem-focused appointment to discuss new or existing health problems or symptoms.

Most health plans cover a yearly preventive visit, check with your insurance. During your wellness exam some of the services provided are as follows:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Diabetes screening
  • Cholesterol screening
  • HPV and STD screening
  • Depression screening
  • Well women exams (PAP smear and breast exam)
  • Mammogram referral
  • Vaccinations/immunizations
  • Counseling for smoking, weight loss, alcohol use
  • Cancer screening

Screening test: test to detect potential health disorder or disease in people who do not have any symptoms of the disease. The goal is early detection, lifestyle changes to reduce risk of disease. Some of these tests include mammogram, PAP, colonoscopy, LDCT (low dose CT scan in asymptomatic smoker patient) , among others.

For more information regarding screening test go to www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org

We offer other services such as students, sports, and camp physicals. Some insurances do not covered these services; please check with your insurance prior to your visit. You may be required to bring your immunization record from your pediatrician or prior physician. Check with your institution for the necessary forms needed to be filled out by our doctor.

 

Clinical depression is a mood disorder that causes people to lose interest in things they once loved. People with depression often feel hopeless and anxious. And make no mistake - depression can happen to anyone, regardless of their age or gender.

Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Poor concentration
  • Sadness
  • Loss of energy
  • Problems sleeping
  • Loss of interest
  • Feel helpless or hopeless
  • Decreased self-worth
  • Poor or increased appetite
  • Avoiding people, even family or close friends
  • Difficulty functioning at school or work
  • Increased guilt
  • Physical pains
  • Decreased libido
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Self-harming

If you experience four or more of these symptoms throughout most of the day for two weeks in a row, it's time to talk to your doctor about whether you are suffering from depression.

The Types of Depression

Depression can manifest itself in many different forms.

Mild depression

While symptoms may be less intense, those with mild depression may still experience a negative impact on their daily life. You may find it difficult to sleep, or have trouble concentrating at work.

Major depression

Those with major depression experience intense symptoms that affect most aspects of their daily lives. While some people may only experience one episode of major depression, many with the disorder will experience several episodes over the course of their life.

Bipolar disorder

This mood disorder is characterized by extreme highs, where a person may feel intensely happy and indestructible, with periods of extreme lows, in which a person may feel worthless, hopeless or suicidal.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Sometimes referred to as the 'winter blues', symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder usually start during the winter months and can last until spring. This form of depression can affect not only mood, but also eating and sleeping habits.

Postpartum depression

While many new mothers may feel anxious and overwhelmed at some point after giving birth, some women experience severe and almost debilitating depression that begins after giving birth.

Depression can be complex and debilitating, but taking action is the first step to getting better. Talk to your general practitioner about treatment options and ways to cope. There are many medical and non-medical options to help control your depressive symptoms.