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Mental Health: It’s Really a Disease


While some forms of depression can be linked to stress, trauma, loss and other life events, research has found differences – like lower serotonin levels – in the brains of those with clinical depression.

“There is a widespread misunderstanding of mental illness,” said Shu-Ming Wang, MD, family medicine, CHI Health “You can’t just ‘get over’ mental illness. But an easy first step to reducing your symptoms is to talk with your primary care doctor. We’ll rule out other physical health conditions and help you find the right mental health specialist.”

Getting the right help early is extremely important. “You wouldn’t hesitate going to the doctor if you had the flu. This is no different,” Wang said.

Shu-Ming Wang, MD

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