The Importance of Mental Health

Good mental health starts with you, but our team of physicians can help.

We all know that mental health is just as important as our physical health, yet we often overlook feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and sadness. Mental health issues can also manifest into physical symptoms such as brain fog, headaches, digestive problems, and sleep disturbances. Fortunately, our Austin, TX family doctors Dr. Paul Keinarth, and Dr. Kelly Alberda of Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda Family Health Center can provide you with the steps you need to improve your mental health.

Why Prioritizing Mental Health is Important 

Your physical health is only one aspect of the health and wellbeing puzzle. Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors also dictate how we feel. Mental health disorders can negatively impact our self-esteem, confidence, productivity, and relationships. They can also lead to unexplained physical symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, stomach problems, and headaches. This is why it’s important to take an active and vested interest in your mental health. By supporting your mental health, you can,

  • Improve your mood
  • Reduce negative emotions and feelings
  • Bolster and better nurture your relationships
  • Improve your well-being and overall quality of life
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem

Our mental health impacts everything from our diet to our sleep quality, and feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed can lead to poor food choices and lack of sleep, which can increase your risk for health problems.

Turning to our Family Physician Team 

You probably first think of a psychologist or mental health professional when you think of mental health. Of course, it’s essential to realize that our Austin, TX, primary care team is often the first medical professional you’ll turn to when you’re not feeling like yourself. Whether you schedule a specific appointment to discuss your mental health issues or simply come in for your annual checkup, we will continually assess your mood and how you feel.

We all know the toll that stress can have on the mind and the body. By turning to us, we can assess your stress levels and provide you with strategies and lifestyle changes that can reduce your stress and, in turn, improve your health and wellbeing. We can also offer referrals if you are interested in seeking care from a qualified mental health professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.

If you are experiencing mental health issues, it’s important that you have a medical professional that you can turn to for the care you deserve. Our Austin, TX, family physicians Dr. Paul Keinarth and Dr. Kelly Alberda of Margolin, Keinarth & Alberda Family Health Center can help you figure out the next steps to support good mental health and wellbeing. Call us today at (512) 459-9889.

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