There is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that physical illness can be a cause of mental illness and vice versa. Doctors often report that the sickest patients are often the most difficult to manage. For those struggling with chronic physical problems (circulatory, cancer, musculoskeletal, neurological), these patients often also present symptoms of depression, anxiety, and bi-polar diagnoses. These co-morbidities often adversely interact and subsequently worsen the condition of a patient. This presents numerous challenges for behavioral health specialists, and can complicate issues like medication adherence and compliance when other symptoms (lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and apathy) are also significant factors. This is where collaborative care comes in, and where a partnership between a therapist, physician, and other consultants can be beneficial.
Team based approaches to multi-faceted care are proving to be increasingly effective. My practice is proud to pair with physicians and consultants seeking collaboration in caring for a patient. This type of cohesion could include an exchange of progress notes, joint periodic assessments, and the development of a plan of care that treats both emotional and physical illnesses that developed due to poor mental health.
This collaborative approach can be beneficial to adolescents, adults and/or families.
To discuss a potential partnership with a proactive approach in providing collaborative care, I encourage you to call my practice at 203-499-7890.