(KUTV) Mental health is a concern for many doctors in Utah. The problem, according to experts, is accessibility of resources for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. One clinic is now integrating mental health and family medicine.
Doctor Karen Christian is a psychiatrist at Intermountain Healthcare’s Salt Lake City clinic. Primary care physicians at the clinic will work with Dr. Christian whenever a patient has symptoms of depression. She will take time to talk to the patient and will even schedule a follow up appointment. “That is the beauty of mental health integration,” says Dr. Christian. “Because often times what happens is the primary care doctor will say ‘I would like you to see a psychiatrist’ and people freak out and they think ‘I’m not crazy. That is not me.’ And when they have to go to a building that they have never been, find their way, there are just too many barriers and often times people don’t make it.”
Difficulty concentrating, fatigue, insomnia and sadness are all symptoms of depression. Doctor Christian says it is important to talk to your doctor if you are feeling depressed. In some cases, you will be able to speak to a mental health expert almost immediately.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing feelings of suicide, you need to speak to someone immediately. For a list of resources, you can visit: http://www.suicidehotlines.com/utah.html
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