August 7, 2022

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Big hospital systems are combining mental health and medical care

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Laura Andrus, who has battled cancer and lung problems for years, told her doctor it felt like she was slipping into a depression worse than she had ever felt before. 

As inconclusive medical tests piled up, offering no information about why Andrus wasn’t feeling well and whether the cancer was back or if she had an autoimmune disease, her mood deepened. Then Andrus’ doctor suggested she speak to the psychologist who works in the same Littleton family medicine practice.

After a few weeks, including a virtual visit with a psychiatrist who prescribed medication, Andrus was “feeling more positive and able to deal with life,” she said. By the time she learned a couple of months later that she had a rare lung disease, Andrus was ready to cope with it.

This is how it’s supposed to…

Jennifer Brown

2022-04-14 04:30:00

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