Mental Health Month

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month with a message: mental health is an essential part of a person’s whole health. MANA physicians, providers, and nurses across 25 locations are wearing a green lapel pin this month to increase awareness of the importance of mental health as part of our whole health. However, there are tools MANA providers use in the practice every day, including screening and talking about mental health at primary care visits. When MANA primary care doctors need additional support for their patients, they may refer them to MANA psychiatrists at Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry.

When patients visit a MANA clinic, they are asked about their mental health in addition to physical health symptoms. MANA primary care physicians talk to patients about depression, anxiety, and other issues. Depression, stress, and other mental health issues often negatively affect a person’s physical health. Caring for the whole patient, including their mental health, helps patients achieve their health goals and can improve their quality of life.

Some mental health issues can be treated by the primary care doctor, but when there is a complicated mental health issue, the PCP may refer patients to psychiatrists, Dr. Randall Staley and Dr. Lance Foster at Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry. MANA’s Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry offers care for emotional, mental, behavioral, and developmental concerns. Drs. Staley and Foster work with children and adults, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and expert care for mental health and behavioral health issues. Some common conditions they treat include (but are not limited to):

  • ADHD in Children & Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Behavioral problems
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Eating disorders

In addition, NWA Psychiatry is a provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for depression, PTSD, and anxiety.  This advanced therapy is non-invasive and a non-medication treatment. It is FDA-approved and covered by most insurance plans for depression.

Both Dr. Randall Staley and Dr. Lance Foster at Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry are now accepting new patients. To request an appointment, call (479) 571-6363. Follow MANA for mental health tips during May on Facebook @manaclincs, Instagram @manaclinics, and Pinterest @manadocs.

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