Did you know that an estimated 11.2 million Americans over the age of 18 are living with a serious mental illness (SMI)? That’s approximately 4.5% of the entire population. Mental health is tough to talk about, but it’s just as important as your physical well-being. At Nutura Clinic, in Portland, Oregon, naturopathic specialist Saba Jhaveri, ND, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, including depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Make an appointment today by calling the office, or using the online booking tool.
Mental health is an umbrella term that includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Your mental health affects the way you think, feel, and act and also helps determine how you handle stress and make decisions.
Living with an undiagnosed mental illness can significantly impact your quality of life. For example, if you have severe depression, you might stop going to work or lose interest in activities you used to enjoy.
The signs and symptoms of mental health problems vary depending on the type of disorder you have. Typically, mental health problems affect your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.
Some common signs of mental health problems include:
Mental health problems can also affect your physical health. For example, if you suffer from anxiety or depression, you may also experience an upset stomach, back pain, or headaches.
If you notice a significant change in your emotions or outlook on life, and it persists for days or even weeks at a time, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
Many times, mental illnesses don’t improve on their own. Left untreated, problems may get worse and interfere with your relationships and quality of life.
The team at Nutura Clinic offers a full suite of naturopathic mental health services. The team regularly works with people who are suffering from:
The team also works with people living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition marked by thoughts or fears that cause you to perform certain rituals.
To determine if you’re at risk of mental health problems, your provider performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
If necessary, the team might conduct tests to rule out other potential health problems. Finally, the team performs a psychological evaluation asking you questions about your thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns.
Whenever possible, the team at Nutura Clinic uses conservative measures of care such as lifestyle changes and nutrition to address mental health issues. For example, if you suffer from depression or anxiety, exercising more regularly and eating a healthy diet may be enough to ease your symptoms.
If you’re concerned about your mental health, make an appointment at Nutura Clinic today. Call the office or use the online booking to get started.