Mental Health

Primary Care Health Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Pico Union and West Adams, Los Angeles, CA

Mental illnesses are common, affecting approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States. If you suffer from a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, primary care physician assistant Ndika Fomukong, FNP, PA-C, and his experienced medical team can help. At Primary Care Health Clinic in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, the team screens for, diagnoses, and treats mental health disorders to boost your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Primary Care Health Clinic to learn more about mental health treatment options. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Mental health is a term that describes your social, emotional, and psychological well-being. It affects how you act, think, and feel. Having a healthy mind makes it easier to relate to other people, handle stress, and function well in society. It’s just as important as your physical health.

What causes mental health disorders?

Mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are common and anybody can develop them. Factors that increase your risk of a mental health condition include:

  • Genetics
  • Family history of mental health disorders
  • Traumatic events or abuse
  • Stress
  • Hormone changes
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Taking certain medications
  • Having a serious chronic illness

Sometimes mental health conditions develop without a known cause. If you’re at risk for or suffering from depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, or another mental health disorder, schedule an appointment at Primary Care Health Clinic for a screening and treatment.

What are the symptoms of mental health disorders?

The following warning signs and symptoms may indicate a mental health disorder:

  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing from activities or people
  • Feeling hopeless or constant sadness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Fatigue or unexplained aches and pains
  • Smoking, drug use, or excessive drinking
  • Irritability, anger, and mood swings
  • Hearing voices
  • Having thoughts of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform everyday tasks

If you experience one or more of these symptoms and they negatively impact your life, don’t try to overcome a mental health disorder on your own. Simple treatment options are within reach at Primary Care Health Clinic.

What are the treatments for mental health disorders?

When you arrive for your appointment, a provider reviews your medical history, completes an exam, and asks you a series of questions. Lab or imaging tests may be necessary to determine if an underlying medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder, negatively affects your mood. Examples of mental health treatments include:

Medications

Medications help treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders and ease symptoms to improve your quality of life.

Talk therapy

Your provider might refer you to a psychiatrist for one-on-one or group counseling, or a support group to get you through a difficult time in your life.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, helps treat depression if you’re unwilling or unable to take antidepressants. It involves using magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells that regulate mood.

Lifestyle changes

Your provider talks you through lifestyle changes designed to improve mental health disorder symptoms. Examples include regular exercise, stress-relieving therapies, a healthy diet, dietary supplements, or behavioral strategies that reduce anxiety.

Don’t let depression or anxiety or another mental illness prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. Call Primary Care Health Clinic for an appointment or schedule one online today.