Mental Health Specialist

BridgeSpan Medicine

Adolescent Medicine Physicians & Pediatricians located in Purchase, NY

Your overall wellness comprises your mental, emotional, and physical health. While your physical health may get attention because of obvious illness or injury, your mental health is equally important to your overall well-being. At BridgeSpan Medicine in Purchase and Harrison, New York, the team offers customized counseling services to help you improve and protect your mental health. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Your mental health is your ability to realize your full potential, cope with stress, and be a productive member of your community. It is a critical component of your overall health and wellness.

Good mental health doesn’t necessarily mean feeling happy or “up” all the time, but that you experience a range of thoughts and emotions and are able to cope with negativity as well as positivity in your life.

What are the signs of poor mental health?

Poor mental health manifests in a variety of conditions. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in America today. Anxiety causes intense and disruptive fears and worries about future events, everyday responsibilities, and specific situations or objects.

Depression is another common mental health condition. While everyone feels sad from time to time, depression causes intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that last for extended periods of time.

Other signs of mental health issues include:

  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Increased use of cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Irritability
  • Persistent intrusive thoughts
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness

Another indicator of poor mental health are thoughts of self-harm or suicide. If you’re considering hurting yourself, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.

How can I improve my mental health?

If you’re concerned about your mental health, ask for help. Working with the compassionate team at BridgeSpan Medicine can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

The adolescent and young adult years are highly transitional, and the team is experienced in helping adolescents manage academic, social, or family stress. They are highly sensitive to these issues and can make referrals to mental health providers if necessary.

Talking about your feelings can help you to resolve your emotions and memories and recognize how they affect your behaviors. Once you understand what’s motivating your behavior, you can take steps to make healthier and safer choices.

In addition to seeking counseling, you can improve your mental health by practicing self-care. This includes eating well and getting regular exercise. You should avoid tobacco products and drugs.

It’s also important to maintain your relationships with friends and family, as having strong social support contributes to a sense of well-being. Additionally, you can practice a hobby that you feel good at and boosts your self-esteem.

Call BridgeSpan Medicine or schedule a consultation online today for expert services to help you enhance your mental health.