Mental health is a vital piece of overall health and wellness. In fact, in many cases, mental health conditions develop in connection with other concerning ailments. Physical health concerns, such as chronic pain and serious illness, may result in anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses, setting in motion a vicious cycle that makes recovery exceptionally difficult.

At Premier Medical Associates, we strongly value the behavioral health component of patient care. Our professional team of social workers is committed to collaborating with other Premier specialists and primary care providers to ensure that you have as much support as possible to meet your health challenges. If you’re struggling with mental health, don’t wait - schedule an appointment with us today.

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our team accepts calls during office hours, and we also have a private voicemail system for missed calls that we can return promptly. Behavioral health specialist care can be scheduled at our One Monroeville Center location.

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FAQs on Behavioral Health:

Why Is Mental Health Important To Physical Health?

Mental health and physical health are interconnected, and can easily have a cyclical impact on one another. When your body is in chronic pain or discomfort, or if your health concerns prevent you from performing daily tasks and things you enjoy, it’s easy to fall into behavioral patterns that contribute to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Conversely, when struggling with poor mental health, it’s easy to fall into patterns of self-neglect that exacerbate physical health problems. Some patients even feel physical symptoms of mental illness, including headaches, gastrointestinal discomfort, and chronic fatigue.

What Are The Most Common Mental Illnesses?

The field of mental and behavioral health is complex, and many mental illnesses have shared symptoms. Some are even “comorbid,” meaning they often occur in tandem with one another. While a simple list of mental illnesses is absolutely no replacement for a medical diagnosis, here are a few of the most common concerns we see in our patients at Premier Medical Associates:

  • Panic disorders, including generalized anxiety
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia

Please note that anxiety and depression, while they can be conditions on their own, are also common symptoms of underlying conditions like bipolar disorder and ADHD. Depression can also cause anxiety, and vice versa.

How Can Social Workers Help With Mental illness?

Clinical social workers, like the professionals in our Behavior Health office at Premier Medical Associates, have the experience and ability to diagnose and treat mental illness. They can also give compassionate counsel to help you cope with your mental health struggles and navigate your life in a healthy way, as well as provide you with further resources to receive medical treatment.

What Should I Expect From A Visit With Your Team?

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our behavioral health team strongly values the behavioral health component of patient care. We will not only provide you with counsel and resources, but we will also collaborate with other Premier specialists and primary care providers to ensure you have as much support as possible to meet your health challenges. 

Behavioral health specialist care can be scheduled at our One Monroeville Center location.