Posts Tagged ‘Stress Check-Up’

Stress Illness and Psychiatry (2)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Remarkably, mental health practitioners (MHP) are largely uninvolved with the largest single group of people with mental health issues.  This is because those issues are manifesting most prominently as physical symptoms.  These patients find it difficult to imagine  that their illness is stress-related.  They seek help from medical clinicians, few of whom have formal training in stress illness diagnosis and so usually don’t refer to MHPs.  Even when patients are referred, few MHPs have much experience with what to look for in a patient complaining of physical symptoms.  It is uncommon for MHPs to know that they can relieve these symptoms using their usual techniques augmented by a Stress History.