We often times get so sucked up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to book an annual visit with our primary care physician. We visit our doctors for routine screenings, referrals to other medical specialists, managing chronic health conditions, and others health-related reasons. But while we do our best to take care of ourselves physically, there’s always one thing we put on the backburner: our mental health.
Some people are under the misapprehension that therapy is for those who suffer from mental disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of us grew up under the impression that internal traumas shouldn’t be discussed, and rather swept under the rug. But this is perhaps one of the worst things you can do for yourself. Brushing off your emotions and not working through your psychological issues, especially traumas dealing with pain or abuse, can stimulate other problems.
Just as you get regular checkups for your physical health, here are a few reasons why you should visit with a mental health professional.
Therapy’s effects persist over the long-haul
The same way visiting your primary care physician prevents long-term health effects and conditions, the effects of therapist are long-lasting, too. This is not only because you’re working through your traumas, but you’re also given the tools to be equipped for dealing with future happenings.
You receive holistic treatment
Whether you need an annual physical, or if your cough has been lingering for more than a few days, you visit your doctor, right? Your primary care doctor focuses on providing holistic health care, meaning he or she is trained on a little bit of everything to provide comprehensive care in one location. The same holds true for visiting a mental health professional. Psychological trauma can trigger physical symptoms – and disorders and conditions such as depression and anxiety are known to cause physical effects such as stomach aches, headaches, and sleeping problems. By visiting a mental health professional, a successful series of sessions can help these issues subside.
It helps you teach the next generation a better way
Advances in medicine have made it possible for generations to come to be able to avoid diseases that have once swept the nation, and will only be known in history books. We also know more about how our bodies work, and how to promote longevity through practicing a healthy lifestyle. And when it comes to mental health, working through your traumas with a psychiatrist or a mental health therapist will help teach your kids a better way of dealing with their own issues. By learning to be more expressive with your emotions, you’re also giving your children room for a healthy environment to express themselves whether their happy and excited, or if they’re feeling ignored and treated unfairly.
Communication is a two-way street, especially when it comes to your health. Communicating your health wants and needs is important, so your doctor can address your health concerns appropriately. The physicians at Synergy Immediate Care specialize in providing the care you need for a range of your health concerns, from primary care to mental health care. For more information about the services we provide, or to book an appointment, please call us at 703-942-5331.