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Mental Health Specialist

Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice

Theresa C Garcia, MD, FAAFP

Family Medicine Physician & Obesity Medicine located in Eastern Jackson County, Blue Springs, MO

If you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, it may be time to check in on your mental health. Theresa Garcia, MD, FAAFP, affectionately known by her patients as Dr. Tess, provides mental health care and coordination at Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice in Blue Springs, Missouri. To find out if you have a mental health condition that needs management, call Garcia Family Medicine, or book an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it can be easy to overlook. Your mental health refers to the state of your mind’s wellness and functioning. It includes your cognitive, social, and emotional well-being. The state of your mental health affects your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It can also affect your physical health.

Mental health problems are more common than you might realize. Dr. Tess provides mental health management to you if you have an ongoing mental health issue that needs care.

What are some signs that I need mental health care?

You can live for a long time with a mental health condition and be unaware of it if you don’t know the symptoms and warning signs. A few early signs of a mental health issue are:

  • Eating much more or less than usual
  • Sleeping much more or less than usual
  • Feeling unusually sad or hopeless
  • Having a lack of energy
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Fighting a lot with friends or family
  • Struggling with productivity at work or school


If you notice a difference in your mood, relationships, or productivity from day to day, you should request a mental health evaluation. Mental health conditions are manageable with the right attention and care.

What are some conditions that can affect my mental health?

Dr. Tess can help manage a range of mental health conditions. Managing your mental health condition can help improve your relationships, outlook, and ability to work and perform everyday tasks. Dr. Tess has experience with:

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD often begins during childhood, but you can get a diagnosis at any age, and it can last into adulthood. It causes you to have trouble paying attention or focusing. It also causes you to be overactive and often impulsive in your decision-making.

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes you to feel hopeless, lethargic, and uninterested in your normal interests. It’s more than just sadness or feeling blue: It can also cause memory problems, issues with concentration, self-blame, and suicidal thoughts.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural response to stressful events and situations. If you constantly feel nervous, have trouble concentrating, or experience rapid breathing and heart palpitations, you might have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can affect all of your decisions, and it might not even have an identifiable cause.

How are mental health conditions treated?

Thankfully, there are many ways to manage mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. Tess coordinates your mental health care with other resources in the community like group or individual therapy. She can also refer you to a specialist and coordinate your care with them.

She may prescribe medications to help you manage your condition and make recommendations for lifestyle changes that could help ease your symptoms.

For more information about mental health conditions and how they're treated, call Garcia Family Medicine, or book an appointment online today.