Making the Mind-Body Connection

As many patient visits stem from psychosocial issues, the early identification, treatment, and ongoing management of major depression at the primary care level is more important than ever. Patient outcomes can be significantly impacted by a growing shortage of psychiatrists, knowledge gaps in depression guidelines, poor decision-making, and failure to recognize gender differences in clinical presentation.

Ask yourself:

Do you routinely assess suicide risk in your patients diagnosed with depression throughout their course of treatment?

Do you typically supplement your depressed patient’s treatment process by prescribing lifestyle changes, such as the integration of physical activity?

Do you typically take a long-term treatment approach to depression in your patients to prevent reoccurrence?

Meet Lissette Arnott

When Lissette Arnott first came to you for treatment four years ago, she was no different than any other patient. However, she has faced major life changes recently which has brought her back in for treatment.
  • One month ago, Lissette presented with nervousness, tension, worry, and hypervigilance
  • Provisional diagnosis: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Prescribed Clonazepam 1 mg per day