With everything going on in the world in 2022, isn't it time to normalize annual mental health checks? Especially for you the overachievers, perfectionists, procrastinators, fill in the blanks...I see you!
Think about it...every year (if you are lucky to have health insurance) you get a physical check up as a way to prevent any possible issues from snowballing into chronic conditions. So why wouldn't you do the same for your mental health?
Since 2008, I have been advocating that mental health is just as important as physical health. There is much scientific evidence that demonstrates the mind-body connection. Did you know that there are so many physical illnesses that are exacerbated by our mental health? So if you are only focusing on your body and neglecting your mental health, sooner or later your neglected mental health concerns may become a problem for you.
To establish a baseline for yourself, here are some screening tools you can try on your own for depression, anxiety, and trauma:
If you would like to discuss your results with me, please feel free to contact me to set up an initial consultation. This could be a one time meeting (AKA your annual mental health check up) or it could be a good time for you to finally start psychotherapy. Either way, call or email me!
Brower V. (2006). Mind-body research moves towards the mainstream. EMBO reports, 7(4), 358–361. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.embor.7400671
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By: Diana Gil Velez
Diana is a NYC psychotherapist and fine artist.