Mental Health Specialist

Washington Center for Women's and Children's Wellness (WCWCW) -  - Child, Adolescent, Women’s & Reproductive Psychiatry

Washington Center for Women's and Children's Wellness (WCWCW)

Child, Adolescent, Women’s & Reproductive Psychiatry located in Bethesda, MD, Baileys, VA, Miami, FL, & Ann Arbor, MI,

Conditions that affect your mental health can have a negative impact on your thoughts, emotions, and behavior, but you may be surprised to learn they can also affect your physical well-being. Our health care professionals at WCWCW in Bethesda, Maryland, understand the complex relationship between your mental and physical self. Services focus on treatments that help restore a healthy connection between your mind and body as they address depression, anxiety, and other common mental health disorders. Call our office or schedule an appointment online today. We are now providing telemedicine services in Florida and Michigan.

Mental Health Q & A

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What is mental health?

The term “mental health” refers to your emotional, cognitive, and behavioral wellness.

In the same way that a poor diet can eventually affect your heart health, ongoing stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues can cause problems with your mental health.

Mental health disorders may be related to chemical imbalances that require medical treatment. Sometimes the problem is linked to past experiences or trauma that distorts the way you view yourself, and the people you interact with at home, work, or school.

You may also be experiencing excessive grief over the loss of a loved one or feeling the effects of a life transition such as retirement. Regardless of what’s causing you to feel out of sorts, persistent untreated mental health disorders can eventually affect your physical health.

Our psychiatrists and therapists at WCWCW provide treatment that can relieve your symptoms and address the underlying cause of your mental health disorder.

What are the symptoms of a mental health disorder?

The symptoms of a mental health disorder can vary greatly and may change over time.

However, you might want to consider scheduling an evaluation if you:

  • Begin to avoid work, home, or social activities you once enjoyed
  • Withdraw from friends, family, and colleagues
  • Find yourself sleeping too much or too little
  • Avoid eating or regularly overeat
  • Often feel hopeless or worthless
  • Feel stressed, jittery, or anxious much of the time
  • Are unable to complete routine daily tasks
  • Frequently focus on hurtful memories
  • Are easily distracted

How does mental health relate to physical well-being?

Research continues to show that the relationship between your mental wellness and physical health is quite powerful.

Insomnia, for instance, is a sleep disorder often caused by depression and anxiety. Poor sleep related to untreated insomnia can result in physical problems such as weight challenges, elevated blood pressure, and even diabetes.

Other physical conditions or illnesses that may be related to poor mental health include:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease

Unfortunately, while mood disorders such as anxiety or depression can cause physical issues, chronic disease can also cause mood disorders. In either case, however, the therapies offered at WCWCW can help.

For more information about the mental health services offered at WCWCW, give our office a call or request an appointment online.