Mental Health

MyDoctor Direct Primary Care

Alice E. Ordonez, MD

Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine located in Virginia Beach, VA

Making your mental health a priority can improve your outlook on life and make you more productive at work or at home. However, it isn’t always easy. With a membership at MyDoctor Direct Primary Care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, you have access to mental health assessments, medication management, and other mental health services with skilled primary care practitioner, Alice Ordonez, MD. To book an in-office or virtual visit for your mental health, call MyDoctor Direct Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Mental health refers to your psychological well-being and is equally as important as your physiological health. As a member of MyDoctor Direct Primary Care, you can access mental health services like diagnostic assessments, medication management, and in-office or virtual care visits. 

Many factors, both internal and external, can affect your mental health. You may have genetic predispositions to mental health complications as well as environmental factors that influence your psychological or emotional well-being. 

A few early warning signs of a mental health complication include:

  • Declining performance at work or school
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Severe mood swings
  • Problems within your close relationships
  • Experiencing delusions or hearing voices that aren’t there
  • Substance abuse
  • Low energy
  • Persistent feelings of fear or nervousness
  • A lack of interest or motivation

By managing your mental health, you can realize your full potential in your personal and professional life. Dr. Ordonez provides hour-long appointments during which she can assess you and make mental health specialist referrals if you need them.

 

Which conditions can affect my mental health?

At MyDoctor Direct Primary Care, Dr. Ordonez performs mental health assessments to identify signs of conditions affecting your psychological or emotional well-being. Two of the most common mental health conditions are:

Depression

While feeling down from time to time is normal, depression amplifies these feelings in all aspects of your life. It can cause persistent fatigue, feelings of emptiness, sleep problems, and thoughts of suicide, among many other troublesome symptoms. 

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders vary greatly in their symptoms but generally include irrational fears and thoughts as well as emotions like dread or panic. These can lead to behavioral changes, like avoiding social interactions or losing sleep. 

Depression and anxiety sometimes occur together. Dr. Ordonez can make an accurate diagnosis and guide you to the right course of treatment for these and other mental health conditions. 

 

How can I manage my mental health?

Many mental health professionals agree the best treatment for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety includes a combination of these approaches:

Medication management

Numerous medications are available today to balance your brain chemistry and treat conditions like depression and anxiety. Dr. Ordonez can prescribe medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. You may need to try more than one before finding one that works for you.

Therapy

Dr. Ordonez can refer you to psychotherapists, counselors, or other mental health professionals to help you talk through your feelings and make behavioral changes. 

Lifestyle adjustments

Often, sticking to a consistent routine can help you manage your mental health. Dr. Ordonez might recommend getting more sleep, adjusting your diet, or getting more exercise to ease your symptoms. 

To schedule your in-person or virtual mental health assessment with MyDoctor Direct Primary Care, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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