MAY is MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Ah, May. May is the month where the world around us grows more colorful and inviting. Our senses awaken as the spring winds cast out the winter doldrums and usher in a sense of calming newness. Since 1949, when the National Mental Health Association began its campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues, May has also been designated as a time to reflect and raise awareness of the mental health challenges touching the lives of countless Americans and their families.
At Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health, we have a keen understanding of the mind-body connection and how mental health concerns can often go hand-in-hand with a host of physical conditions. Dr. Tara Troy designed CGH’s approach to patient well-being – a coordinated, comprehensive, holistic, multidisciplinary strategy – with the role of mental health in GI disorders firmly in mind. Rooted in the latest research, the CGH approach to well-being surrounds your symptoms with a medical, dietary, and behavioral battery, tactically taking aim against the symptoms affecting your quality of life. As the Behavioral Therapist at CGH, my scope is trained on the behavioral and mental health issues that can contribute to, exacerbate, and even cause your symptoms. Whether it is stress and anxiety fueling IBS symptoms, depression co-occurring with chronic disease, relational stress aggravating IBD, maladaptive thinking driving emotional eating and obesity, or difficulty coping with a new diagnosis, psychogastroenterology can help. Simply stated, we use the mind-gut connection as a tool to fight inflammation and calm the stress response to get you feeling better. Calm the mind, calm the gut. We treat anxiety, stress, and depression to turn down the dial on pain and discomfort and work toward returning your gut to healthy functioning.
In keeping with Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m posting this recent article from Gastroenterology explaining the “best practices” when incorporating psychogastroenterology and behavioral interventions within a medical practice. Dr. Troy embodies the principles found within, and CGH is committed to helping you find the best path to health.
Just a reminder than CONSULTATIONS WITH COUNSELOR ARE OFTEN COVERED BY STANDARD HEALTH INSURANCE – take advantage of the opportunity! We are eager to help IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE and have you THINK LESS ABOUT YOUR GUT.
Call 224.407.4400 or visit compgihealth.com to schedule a consultation.
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