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Doctors suggest getting mental health screens

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A recent study is now suggesting that patients add mental health screenings to their annual doctor visits with physicians.

According to the University of Cambridge study, people should prioritize mental health in the same ways they do physical health. Experts say this could help earlier diagnose some problems or prevent others.

You see people walking and running to keep their bodies in shape, but how do we keep our minds in good condition?

"The one easy thing to do that I think is very key to mental health, being a good thing, is to always talk. Open up about your feelings," says Dr. Stacey Henry.

Henry owns the behavioral healthcare practice The Hills. She says many people take their mental health for granted.

"Because you cannot physically see mental health often times, people forget about it."

She says if more people got mental screenings while they are young, some problems later in life could be avoided.

"The earlier that you find out or may identify or a provider may identify that you may be having some trouble in a certain area, the better you are likely to deal with it."

Henry says an annual screening is really simple.

"What we gather by talking, doing interviews and asking certain questions is how their sleep has been, how their appetite has been."

She says research suggests this could better help treat patients as well with anxiety disorders or depression.

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