Livingspring Family Medical Center
Primary Care Physicians & Family Practice Physicians located in Mansfield, TX
Mental health directly affects your perception and quality of life. When you feel good and have a positive outlook, you’re better able to handle life’s challenges and face adversity. At Livingspring Family Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas, primary care physician Tolulope Olabintan, MD, FAAFP, provides mental health services. Use the online booking tool to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, or call the office today.
Mental Health Q&A
What is mental health?
Mental health is a branch of medicine focused on your psychological and emotional well-being. Your mental health directly affects the way you feel, think, and behave.
Several factors influence your mental health, including genetics, life events, and your living environment.
Dr. Olabintan recommends:
- Keeping a positive attitude
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Developing coping skills to deal with problems
- Mindfulness and meditation
Sometimes these habits aren’t enough to address the symptoms of mental illness. If you’re struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety, you should seek professional medical help. Dr. Olabintan can develop a custom care plan tailored to your needs.
What are some common mental health problems?
At Livingspring Family Medical Center, Dr. Olabintan treats a variety of common mental health problems, including:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Almost everyone feels anxious on occasion, but if you’re constantly stressed out or worried, it might be due to a generalized anxiety disorder. GAD causes you to worry throughout the day. As your worrying progresses, it may even prevent you from going to work, running errands, or accomplishing other routine tasks.
Depression is a chronic mental illness that causes intense feelings of sadness for three months or longer. Over time, depression can cause you to lose interest in hobbies or activities you used to love. It can sap your energy and make you view the world through a negative lens.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by intense mood swings. These ups and downs can affect your energy levels and decision-making abilities. There’s no cure for bipolar disorder, but with counseling, healthy lifestyle changes, and prescription medication, it’s possible to manage.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event like a car accident, natural disaster, or military combat. Many people with PTSD experience frequent flashbacks, feelings of anxiety, and extreme tension. If you have PTSD, you might also notice that you’re easily scared or startled.
What happens during a mental health appointment?
At Livingspring Family Medical Center, a mental health appointment begins with a physical exam and psychiatric evaluation. Dr. Olabintan asks about your lifestyle and symptoms and has you fill out a mental health questionnaire. If she suspects an underlying health problem is causing your symptoms, she might also order lab work, like blood tests or urinalysis.
Typically, these steps are enough to make a proper diagnosis. If Dr. Olabintan feels you need additional assistance, she can refer you to a mental health professional in the area.
If you want to improve your mental health, request a consultation at Livingspring Family Medical Center. Use the online booking tool to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment or call the office today.