The financial benefits of mental health treatment are often overlooked, but growing research has shown significant savings for the general population. In the United States alone, this is between $26 to $48 billion dollars a year. The reason for these savings is simple. Physical ailments, from disease to colds to back pain, often stem from untreated mental health problems. Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars trying to fix somatic issues that may not actually be caused by a diagnosable medical condition.
Research indicates that there is a strong mind-body connection. Physical symptoms manifest in the body when we are not tending to our emotional health. Individuals struggling with grief, loss, anxiety, depression, excessive stress, and trauma often experience difficulty sleeping, exhaustion, digestive issues, headaches, joint pain, and many other physiological complaints.
When health care workers partner with mental health practitioners, patients spend less time in the hospital and less money on medication used to address physical symptoms. Some forms of therapy have been shown to reduce hospital costs by as much as 70% and physician costs by as much as 30%.
Learning to cope with life stressors in healthy ways can help improve physical health and reduce the number of visits to the doctor. At Wellness Connection, our experienced therapists will teach you strategies to better manage anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health issues. You know your body best and we encourage you to contact your primary care physician with any concerns you have regarding your physical health. It’s important to consider all aspects of your health, including emotional and mental health, when somatic issues arise. Doing so can actually save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
If you’re interested in learning more about our integrative, holistic health and wellness services, please give us a call at (703) 327-0335 or send us an e-mail.