Mental Illness…Let’s Not Forget

Often times, mental health is considered less of a priority in comparison to physical health. However, when mental and physical health treatment coincide, positive outcomes are increased.

Consider this, if an individual treated a diagnosis of depression just as seriously as a diagnosis of hypertension or diabetes, the level of compliance with medication would likely increase.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model would be incomplete without the mental health component since more than half of individuals receiving primary health care have a mental health diagnosis. PCMH acknowledges that certain primary health diagnoses are triggered by mental health stressor. Therefore concluding, that if a patient is actively compliant with mental health treatment, in conjunction with primary medical treatment, the outcome could have a greater positive impact.

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