WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health comprises the psychological and emotional factors that affect how we feel, think, and even act. The state of our mental health also has some control over the ways we handle stress, make choices, and get along with others. Having a healthy mind is essential for people at every stage of life, from the toddler years to old age. At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, we understand how important it is to feel good inside and out. Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray have a great deal of respect for the millions of people who battle with their mental health daily, and we strive to do everything in our power to make you feel like you again. We take every possible factor into consideration to ensure that you receive the thorough, attentive care you need for your emotional, physical, and psychological wellness. Even if you've suffered from mental health issues for most of your life, we want you to know that there is hope. Reach out to our compassionate team in Southlake, TX, and the surrounding areas of Midland and Odessa, TX to get the help you need.
"We have had a great experience with Dr. Barker! Our newborn had a tongue and lip tie revised, and Dr. Barker worked with her to relieve restrictions. In three sessions, she has gone from a poor sleeper in constant discomfort to a happy, relaxed baby. He helped loosen up her tongue restrictions and she is nursing much better (and my pain is gone)! I highly recommend Dr. Barker."- K.P. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Dr. Barker has helped me turn my health around without the use of harmful medications. I was diagnosed with RA and didn't want to take the meds with horrible side effects. He has helped get my RA under control, I am off my cholesterol and blood pressure meds. He has helped with hormone treatment which has improved my life tremendously. And at the young age of 60 I feel fabulous thanks to Dr. Barker."- C.F. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Barker is a very friendly, thorough, and talented provider. I’m very satisfied with the pain relief I’ve experienced from his treatments."- L.C. / Google / Jan 05, 2020
"I brought my 3 month old son in to see Dr.Barker and I am ecstatic over how great he was with my son. He was very professional and informative. Since I had my baby he has been very uncomfortable with being in a car seat and I’m almost immune to him screaming when I put him in. Today was the first time that I put him in and he did not cry and actually fell asleep. I could cry from happiness. Thank you Dr. Barker!!!"- J.H. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"She is the best doctor I ever had"- R.W. / Healthgrades / Sep 14, 2021
WHAT CAN AFFECT A PERSON'S MENTAL HEALTH?
Dysfunction in any of the following areas may cause depression or anxiety in many patients:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Sleeping disorders
- Vitamin or nutritional deficiency
- Digestive health issues
All of the above problems can be diagnosed with lab testing or a sleep study, and there are treatment options available if abnormalities are found. Functional and integrative treatment are two areas of medicine that are currently growing in popularity. The goal for both of these specialties is to find the root cause of a patient's problem and to provide effective treatment while doing the least amount of harm.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Before we address your mental health condition, we will first need to determine the cause of your concern. We may run some blood tests to assess your hormone levels and thyroid function so we can rule out possible causes or treat them effectively. If a sleep disorder is causing your depression or anxiety, we may remedy this with a customized oral appliance. Medication management is also available, as well as microcurrent neurofeedback and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Some of the mental health conditions we treat with these therapies at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center include:
Mental Health FAQ
How common are mental health issues?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), mental health issues are the most common health condition in the U.S. Over 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their life, and as many as 20% will experience a mental health issue in a given year.
What can cause mental health issues?
While the most common causes for mental health issues may be stress, personal, work, or social problems, and others, sometimes our mental health can be affected by a physical condition. These may include hormonal imbalances, vitamin or nutritional deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, sleeping disorders, digestive health issues, and more. That’s why at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, we test for a wide range of conditions that may be negatively impacting your mental health.
What are the most common symptoms of a mental health issue?
The most common signs of a mental health issue include:
- Social withdrawal
- Worry and/or anxiety
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Severe changes in eating habits
IT'S NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD
At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, our team understands how vital it is to feel at peace with yourself. Your mental health can affect and be affected by a range of factors in your life, from genetic and environmental to health-related. Using advanced therapies, such as medication management, OMT, and microcurrent neurofeedback, we aim to help you feel good in your mind and body. Contact our team in Southlake, TX to set up your consultation today!