Mental Health

Family Practice of Madison

Family Medicine & General Family Practice located in Madison, AL

Mental health can have a major impact on the way a person responds to others, copes with stress, and makes decisions. For patients looking to manage and improve their emotional and psychological well-being, Judy Rawls, MD, and her team at Family Practice of Madison in Madison, Alabama, offer mental health services. To start on your path to improved mental wellness, book an appointment by phone today.

Mental Health

What is mental health?

Mental health refers to your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. There are many factors that can impact mental health including heredity, brain chemistry, trauma, abuse, and illness. It's important to address mental health as part of your overall health as issues like anxiety and depression can impact physical well-being as well.

What is depression?

Depression is a common, but typically treatable condition that can cause persistent feelings of sadness, despondency, and isolation. At Family Practice of Madison, Dr. Rawls works with her patients to uncover the source of their depression and treats them for their underlying condition.

Because depression can affect anyone, it’s important to know the symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in work or hobbies
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Oversleeping
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a very serious medical condition that interferes with how you feel and behave. If you’ve been feeling persistent feelings of depression, it’s important to discuss your condition with Dr. Rawls at Family Practice of Madison as early as possible.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion, typically felt in anticipation of an important engagement or event. For patients with an anxiety disorder, feelings of anxiety and worry can become overwhelming, and arise frequently without a clear cause.

There are a number of illnesses that fall under the ‘anxiety’ umbrella including social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias. A number of things including mental illness, drug use, trauma, and stress can cause an anxiety disorder. Because there are many factors that can contribute to anxiety, it’s important to discuss treatment with an experienced physician like Dr. Rawls.

What is the treatment for anxiety and depression?

The first step in addressing your mental health concerns is discussing your symptoms with Dr. Rawls. To avoid developing more concerning symptoms, it’s important to discuss your condition as soon as possible. After evaluating your condition, Dr. Rawls can recommend the appropriate treatment options for you, whether they be psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, medication, or a combination of the three.

To discuss management of your mental health, book an appointment at Family Practice of Madison by phone today.