What if mental health checkups worked like a physical –one more component of a person’s routine care? The New York Times recently spoke with experts in the field of medicine and mental health who are advocating for the incorporation of a mental health check during a wellness visit.
“[T]aking periodic stock of your emotional well-being can help identify warning signs of common ailments like depression or anxiety. Such illnesses are highly treatable, especially when they are identified in their early stages, before they get so severe that they precipitate some sort of personal — and perhaps financial — crisis.
“’Absolutely, people should have a mental health checkup,” said Jeffrey Borenstein, editor in chief of Psychiatric News, published by the American Psychiatric Association. “It’s just as important as having a physical checkup.’”
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