Health Matters: Helping Patients Address Anxiety and Depression
“How are things going with your husband? How are you getting along with your children? Have you been having any problems at work?” These are just a few of the basic questions health experts like Lee Health nurse practitioner Laura Partlow may ask at your next doctor’s visit.
“A lot of people have symptoms of depression but they don’t want to talk about it because it’s stigmatized.” Symptoms of anxiety and depression can manifest differently for each patient. “It can be anywhere of physical symptoms of chronic pain, unexplained with no illness, it can be abdominal pain, or muscle aches or pains. Also, sometimes they will even show sadness, or anxiety, or fidgeting, it can be a lot of different symptoms,” said Partlow. Symptoms–she has seen more frequently since COVID-19. “Lately, it’s been very common, especially older people because they have been stuck at home for so long because of the pandemic,” she said.
She encourages patients to have an honest conversation with their doctor or nurse practitioner if they aren’t feeling well. “It’s so important that they tell us. We can’t treat them if we don’t know. Everything is confidential. We want them to feel better. We want them to enjoy their lives,” Partlow said.
Helping patients address how they feel so they can get the treatment they need to live a healthy life.
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