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Mental Health Awareness- Orlando Florida Family Physicians

Happy Wellness Wednesday to our Family Tree Family!

After our previous WW posts we asked for some topics you’d like us to discuss, and we’ve listened! Today we’d like to talk about mental health awareness. We know, it’s not a fun topic, but it’s important and truly lifesaving. We need to talk about it sometimes. You need to talk about it. This isn’t about a statin medication that lowers your cardiovascular disease risk across a 10-year timeframe. This is something that affects people every day of their lives.

Whether it be depression, anxiety, phobias, schizophrenia, ADHD, or any of the dozens of other diseases. And that’s what they are … diseases. But it’s not like hypertension which can be easily measured, or an ear infection that can be quickly resolved with some medication. These are invisible to the eye, and all too often, carry a negative social stigma with them. It’s important to seek help. Our job as physicians isn’t just to manage your blood pressure, and diabetes … it’s to help you with your overall health.

Unfortunately, the end result for far too many of people suffering from mental health is suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with nearly 45,000 victims yearly (averaging 123 per day). There is help, there is hope! Often times it’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, and that’s no more your fault than a type 1 diabetic whose pancreas can’t produce insulin. You don’t need to be shamed, you need a careful ear and a caring heart.

Please reach out to your friends, your doctors, and in those dark times, even the suicide hotlines at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK. If talking is too much to bear, did you know you can even text “HOME” to 741741? The Orlando area specifically has the Community Crisis Line at 407-425-2624 and the Teen Hotline at 407-841-7413. Mental Health touches us all, either personally, or through a loved one.

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