PCMA Letter: The Many Layers of How Our Mental Health is Affected  

PCMA Letter: The Many Layers of How Our Mental Health is Affected  

In this edition of Central Florida Health News, you’ll discover that there are many layers to how our mental health can be affected, either positively or negatively.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a staggering one in five Americans will suffer from anxiety or depression in their lifetime.  Some of the topics in this edition address conditions that put people at higher risk for depression, such as victims of cyberbullying and those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but the truth is, it can happen to any one of us.

Knowing the warning signs of these conditions is half the battle.  What’s the other half, you ask?  Reaching out for help.  If you, or someone you know, is showing signs of severe anxiety, depression, or having thoughts of suicide, don’t wait.  Tell your family.  Call your doctor.  Seek spiritual consultation.  You don’t have to suffer from these life-threatening mental diseases.  There are treatments that can improve your quality of life, and make genuine strides towards feeling better.  The physicians of the Polk County Medical Association are here to share resources to get those suffering from mental health illness the help that they need.

In addition to the resourceful features in this edition, take special note of the Medical Advice column by Dr. Joy Jackson.  As the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk), she offers back-to-school health tips that every student, from pre-K to college years, should consider and follow.

On a side note, board members of the Polk County Medical Association will be attending the 2017 Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando from August 4-6, where attendees and medical colleagues will have the opportunity to discuss many relevant topics affecting the health care industry, including the issue of mental health reform.  If you are a physician interested in joining the PCMA, I encourage you to reach out for more information, either on our website (polkcountydoctors.com) or by phone at (863) 644-4051.

Sergio B. Seoane, MD
Family Practitioner and Pulmonary Medicine Specialist, Lakeland
President, Polk County Medical Association

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