Mental health: Get the facts

Millions of people are affected by a mental illness, such as depression or an anxiety disorder. If you’re among them, it’s important to remember you’re not alone.

Khalid Arshad, MD
Riverside Psychiatric Specialists, Khalid Arshad, MD

“Acknowledging we are not alone when it comes to our mental health is important,” says Khalid Arshad, MD, with Riverside Psychiatric Specialists. “There are many misconceptions around the topic of mental health, which makes it challenging for people to access care. Understanding how stress can affect not only your mental health, but also your overall physical health and well-being, is a key factor to optimize and maintain your quality of life.”

Yet, misinformation still spreads that might prevent someone from seeking the treatment they need—see the mythbusters below.

Getting help
First, talk to your primary care provider (PCP). “Talking to your PCP about feelings such as anxiety or depression is an important step to getting a referral to a mental health professional,” says Dr. Arshad.

Care right when you need it:
If you or a loved one is in need of immediate mental health assistance, please contact the Riverside Central Intake Department at (844) 442-2551 or visit the Emergency Department at Riverside Medical Center.