Mental Health

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

Family Medicine Physicians located in West Covina, CA

At some point in their lives, nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. From anxiety and depression to ADHD, sleep disorders, and more, mental illnesses take a devastating toll on millions of people. At Goldome Healthcare Inc. in West Covina, California, Dr. David Chen uses the right mix of counseling and medical intervention to restore your mental health and help you lead a happy, productive life. Call or book an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q & A

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

What is mental health?

Good mental health depends on a delicate balance of psychological, emotional, and social factors. When these components are in sync, you feel a sense of well-being that helps you navigate the demands, stresses, and disappointments of life.

While it’s normal to feel blue sometimes, ongoing negative emotions can mark the onset of mental illness.

What are the symptoms of mental illness?

If you continually experience any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Chen for an evaluation.

  • Anxiety, fearfulness, or worry
  • Confused or muddy thinking, or an inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty relating to other people
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness or guilt
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling overwhelmed by daily problems and stresses
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities

What causes mental illness?

Mental illnesses arise from a complex web of factors and influences, and can’t be narrowed to a single source. Some commonly seen causes include:

  • Abusing alcohol and other drugs
  • Genetic traits that disrupt the neurochemical balance in the brain
  • Childhood trauma
  • Social isolation and loneliness

What are the different kinds of mental illness?

Although there are hundreds of different disorders, only a handful of mental illnesses are widespread. Dr. Chen specializes in treating these common disorders:

  • Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Sleep disorders

If your disorder falls outside the scope of Dr. Chen’s practice, he’ll refer you to a qualified mental health specialist.

How does mental illness impact my overall health?

Apart from affecting your mood, behavior, and ability to think, mental illness can hurt your physical health. This is especially true of depression, which has been linked to the development of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

How is mental illness diagnosed?

When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Chen, he performs a physical exam, and orders lab tests to rule out issues with your thyroid gland or other problems that mimic the symptoms of mental illness. Then, he talks with you about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and symptoms.

What treatments are available to restore my mental health?

Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Chen creates a treatment plan that could include counseling and guidance, a referral for psychotherapy, and prescriptions for psychiatric medicines like antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, or antipsychotic medications.

Good mental health is key to a fulfilling and productive life. If you are experiencing symptoms of mental illness, Dr. Chen and an expert team of partnering healthcare providers will help you manage symptoms and achieve optimal mental health. Call or book an appointment online today.