Saturday, October 03, 2009

World Mental Health Day 10/10/2009



World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10, 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then US Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter - and is officially commemorated worldwide every year on October 10th.

This year's theme is Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health

I happen to have a wonderful Primary Care Physician. She endorses psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, and often calls me to help her refer patients to therapists. And I often consult with her to find specialists in the medical field for my patients. It's so great that the fields of mental health and medicine have been working better over the years - understanding the art and science of each respective field. Mind and Body are *so* inter-connected. Now, if only we can get everyone health care.

Do you have a good relationship with your Primary Care Physician?





11 comments:

Anonymous said...

every day is mental health day for me.


::jeremy::

blogbehave said...

I am relieved to get more and more referrals which sound like this: my doc put me on an antidepressant but she wants me to get therapy too. I didnt hear much of this when I first started out.

Carie said...

unfortunatly for those who are low income and on a medi-cal type program mental health has been cut completely...makes me sad

Marj aka Thriver said...

I didn't know the 10th was mental health day. That also happens to be my hubby's birthday.

therapydoc said...

Seeing as I'm married to him, I sure hope so.

Sid said...

I finally found the best PCP. She is on staff at the psych hospital I most often end up in, so she's very knowledgeable about mental illness and truly believes in the whole mind/body connection.

She's very compassionate and not all clinical & cold like a lot of doctors. She likes to get to know her patients and she takes the time to really listen. If you need half an hour with her, she'll let you have it. I think her approach to patient care gives her better insight into her patient's overall health (physical & mental) and helps her to focus just as much on preventative care as she does on treatment.

Given that I have Medicare & Medicaid, I'm extremely lucky to have found her.

mrwriteon said...

Yes, I do. And he is not one of those egotistical bastards who wants no input from a patient. He will listen to me and is open to any alternative therapy I might suggest. His approach is: "OK, let's give your approach a try and if it works, we'll continue with that."

Wanda's Wings said...

I don't know what I would do without my psychiatrist and therapist. My PCP is very supportive too.

Richard said...

Hiya,

I put together a list of Google Android Applications for the Medical Field. Could you share my post with your readers? Here is the post: http://blog.onlinecollegeguru.com/health-care/google-android-applications-for-the-medical-field/

Thanks,
Rich

Dr. Deb said...

Today is Depression Screening Day. Free screenings for any who might want to get a diagnosis and find treatment.

http://tinyurl.com/ye7xso6

jumpinginpuddles said...

we got a call from a freind to see if we were ok we appreicated her call