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The pandemic put a spotlight on mental health concerns, with significant increases in anxiety, depression, substance misuse and trauma-related symptoms. Fortunately, there is also increased acknowledgement of the importance of mental health, which includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. And, it helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.  Primary care providers (PCPs) can diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medication. But, because mental health can be complex, your PCP may recommend you see a psychiatrist for treatment and help managing medication. In an article for The Paper Gown, Summit Health psychiatrist Dr. Cliff Hamilton helps explain when to see a PCP for mental health medication; when to see a specialist; and how to get the care you need.

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