While most of us are familiar with the practice of getting regular medical checkups, the idea of regular mental health checkups is less established, possibly because of the stigma often associated with mental illness. Regular mental checkups can help identify early warning signs of depression or anxiety, both of which are easily treated. Catching them before they become severe can possibly prevent crisis. Family doctors are trained to recognize symptoms of mental illness and should routinely ask patients about their moods. If they don’t ask, patients would be wise to initiate the conversation. Also available, online, are various sites where one can assess one’s mental health for future discussion with a doctor.
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