Provider interview, part 1
MARQUETTE, MI (WLUC) – This week’s yourTV6 Morning News dives into the topic of mental health as schools reopen across Upper Michigan.
We were asked by our viewers: Who are the providers?” Are you doing
This week, we are speaking with two providers of the UP Health System. Dr. Jennifer Borden attended school at Michigan State University. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, integrated into Marquette’s Pediatric Clinic, and works mostly in telemedicine. Dr. Kelly Mahal has been with her UP for her 20 years and has spent most of her career working with her Pathways community and her mental health system. A Psychiatrist, she is an Associate in her mydocs MSU Psychiatric Residency at UP She is a Program Director and during her third and her fourth year of residency she provides training to MSU students. I’m here. Part 1 of the conversation discusses the impact mental health has on our overall health and well-being. And why both Dr. Boden and Dr. Mahal say it’s time to start looking at mental health with the same concerns as physical health.
Dr. Boden: “Mental health as we know it is really physical health and we see a doctor just like if someone had physical health problems. Mental Illnesses” We want people who are suffering from it to seek treatment because we know that mental health is physical health and that physical health problems affect other physical health problems. We know that mental health problems can affect other physical health problems, one example being someone with untreated depression after having a stroke or heart attack. We know that if you have the disease, you are likely to have a worse outcome.”
Elizabeth Peterson: “I think it’s getting better where we’re starting to recognize it, talk about it, treat it…but it’s still not always on the same level as physical health, right? There’s still something underlying this, but it’s not so important: heart disease is more about treatment than mental health: do we feel like we’ve made progress and how far do we have to go? What?”
Dr. Boden: I think the country as a whole is more mental health aware, especially after COVID, because isolation has hurt everyone and has really affected mental health in the country. I think they still have a long way to go in helping them understand and believe that a real commitment to health impacts their overall medical health and their families.
Elizabeth – “Dr. Mahal, how do you know this is not just a bad day? It’s time to actually seek professional help. When is the time to talk to a professional?”
Dr. Maher” “If something is preventing you from functioning. If you know something is going wrong. If others are giving you feedback that something doesn’t seem right. There’s no shame in asking for home help, right? There are many ways in which we can provide support and assistance for
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