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Mental Health Symptoms Related to Medical Conditions

Mental health providers tend to consider patients in the full context of their lives. An in-depth biopsychosocial assessment allows mental health providers to understand how mental, physical, social, and environmental factors influence clinical presentation. There are many presenting concerns that create diagnostic confusion and can result in inadequate medical or psychological care. Ruling out medical explanations for presenting conditions is an essential part of initial assessment that can guide treatment. The provider’s role includes providing therapy and offering assistance with essential components for well-being such as psychoeducation, referral to physicians for testing or treatment, restructuring cognitions that interfere with receiving appropriate care, and facilitation of behavioral lifestyle changes. Working from a multidisciplinary approach that includes frequent consultation with medical providers offers the highest standard ...

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