Mental Health

Engines, Brains, Bodies and Whole Healthcare

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An engine powers a car. It doesn’t matter how clean the interior of the car, or how new the tires are, or what scented cardboard tree is dangling from the rearview mirror, if there’s an issue with the engine, the car simply won’t work the way it should. And often, won’t work at all.

The brain is a lot like the engine of a car; it powers everything. It keep our systems functioning by coordinating and monitoring  the many physical processes that go on inside our bodies every second of our life. It isn’t a separate entity; it is a part of the body, no different than your arm, or your heart, or your stomach; actually, even more important, for without it, nothing else works. And when the brain struggles with things like depression and anxiety, it can disable the entire body.

For a very long time, though, the healthcare industry didn’t make the mind/body connection. Mental health and physical health were kept isolated and away from each other, which makes about as much as sense as keeping the engine out of a car. Patients needing help coping with mental issues were often given no more than a prescription by their primary care provider during a routine visit, and then sent on their way. Mental health issues weren’t fully addressed and the patient suffered.

Or a patient being treated by a mental health specialist often had to coordinate their own care when it came to being seen by a primary care provider. Two doctors treating the same patient for different issues in different locations…it’s easy to see how complicated that became  and, again, it was the patient who suffered.

Thankfully, all that has changed at Spectrum Healthcare.

Spectrum Healthcare is a leader in Whole Healthcare in the Verde Valley. Whole Healthcare is a one-stop approach to managing your health; it’s a philosophy that delivers a higher level of care because it has at its core all of a patient’s healthcare providers working together under one roof, which means no more bouncing between different doctors or being treated for mental health issues by a physician who doesn’t specialize in mental health.

The Whole Healthcare approach coordinates all levels of a patient’s care: lab results, treatments, medications, allergies, life-impacting events, wellness needs, education needs, goals and healthcare objectives between primary care and behavioral healthcare providers. This means that all of your healthcare providers engage in routine face-to-face communication, attend the same meetings and provide real-time consultations with one another regarding your care.

Whole Healthcare is patient-centered, and it is within this environment of total care that health professionals coordinate diagnoses and treatments so that they complement each other, rather than working in opposition. Prior to Whole Health, the lack of provider coordination often resulted in repetitive testing of even the simplest of procedures, costing the patient time and money. Uncoordinated care also meant that treatments and medications quite often interfered with one another, creating a whole new set of problems for patients. Whole Healthcare does away with all of that: care for your mind and body, all accessible from one place, resulting in better outcome

Spectrum’s Whole Healthcare approach combines three elements: Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Outpatient Behavioral Health services for children and adults all under one roof, but that doesn’t mean you have to use all our services to be a Spectrum patient. A Primary Care patient, for example, might be seen for annual check ups, flu shots, sore throats, diabetes management or blood pressure monitoring without ever having need for psychiatric services. The beauty of Whole Healthcare, though, is that should your healthcare needs change, those needs will be cared for and coordinated by a team that puts YOU first.


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Do Less; Enjoy More

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You knew it was coming; you saw the Christmas decorations pop onto the store shelves a few months ago. Like many, you might have groaned and said, “Not yet!” But it didn’t matter, because as we waved goodbye to Labor Day, more and more shelves began to sparkle with the colors of the season.

And now it’s November 1st, which means the holidays are fully upon us, bringing with them their own, unique, holiday stress.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As you prepare for the months ahead: the shopping, the cooking, the events, the wondering “How the heck am I going to get it all done?” there’s a simple answer…don’t even try. This year, adopt a simple motto that will help ease stress and increase happiness:

Do Less; Enjoy More.

Many times, the items on our to-do list don’t really have to be done. We often put them there year after year because of tradition. Or guilt. Or both. We go overboard with all of the things we convince ourselves we have to do, and not just do, but do well. And the more we try to squeeze into the holidays, the less we actually enjoy them.

This holiday season, do away with having to do it all. It’s okay if dinner is late or the house is messy. It’s a very small price to pay for a calm spirit. Say “no” to those things that bring stress instead of enjoyment. Prioritize your daily routine to focus on enjoying the people around you. Take time out of your day for a walk or a quiet cup of tea.

Remember, the best way to enjoy the months ahead is to exit the Holiday Freeway and take a quiet side street. They’ll both get you where you want to go, but without the madness of the freeway, you’ll enjoy the ride so much more.


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