Common Signs of Depression

 

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Depression
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Dr. Christie Mensch serves as a psychiatrist at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. There, Dr. Christie Mensch diagnoses and treats depression and other mental illnesses.

Clinical depression is much more than a passing sad feeling. Such emotions are normal reactions to life’s difficult times, but when they continue unabated or occur alongside other physical or emotional symptoms, they may be signs of a serious mental illness.

Individuals with depression may feel persistently sad, although feelings of anxiety, emptiness, or hopelessness are just as common. These feelings may occur alongside thoughts of guilt or worthlessness, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person had once enjoyed. Energy can decrease significantly, and the person may feel like sleeping much of the time, although some patients are more prone to have trouble sleeping as opposed to oversleeping.

Similarly, people with depression may either overeat or not feel like eating much at all. They may complain of stomach aches, cramps, or headaches, even if these complaints do not have a clear physical cause or do not respond to treatment.

One of the most serious signs of depression is suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. Sometimes these thoughts and intentions come with verbal signs, such as the person’s stating that the world would be better without him or her. Frequent references to death and reckless behavior are common. Experts urge loved ones and patients alike to take these signs seriously and to seek help immediately.

Art Installation Creates Functional, Expressive Wyandot Center Lobby

 

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An outpatient psychiatrist serving the needs of Kansas City patients, Dr. Christie Mensch treats patients with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to anxiety, and has a strong interest in pet therapy. Dr. Christie Mensch practices with the Wyandot Center. Focused on the patient experience, the Wyandot Center recently took steps to mitigate the effects of a high ceiling in the lobby on 47th Street.

The issue was that sounds and voices were magnified in an environment where personal and confidential information was often being conveyed. The anxiety created in visitors was identified by employees of the building as an issue that could benefit from a creative solution that would be expressive and therapeutic.

The result has been the installation of 75 wall panels that feature artwork with inspirational and soothing themes. Included is client art that conveys a sense of hope, as well as success stories associated with patients. The functional, trauma-informed installations serve to brighten the space, while creating an atmosphere more conducive to psychological counseling.

Depression Linked to Heart Health

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Dr. Christie Mensch is a psychiatrist based in Kansas City, Kansas. She practices at the Wyandot Center, which offers comprehensive outpatient mental health services. Dr. Christie Mensch is especially interested in the treatment and study of depression.

While doctors have long understood that there is a link between psychological and physical health, more recently they’ve begun to see links between mental illness and major risk factor illnesses like heart disease. Depression has been linked to chronic pain, stress, digestive disorders, and early death, but it is now being linked to heart health, especially cardiovascular disease.

Studies show that the relationship is mutual: those with heart conditions are more likely to become depressed and those who have depression are more likely to develop heart disease. A recent German study, which observed 3,500 men between the ages of 45 and 74, showed that the risk of fatal heart disease was as high in men with depression as it was in men suffering from obesity or high cholesterol levels. Scientists don’t yet know the link, but they hypothesize that stress hormones play a role.

Helping Friends and Family Members Who Live with Schizophrenia

 

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A psychiatrist at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Christie Mensch provides full service mental health care in an outpatient setting. Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates and treats a variety of mental health concerns, including schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder of the brain. It can cause people to experience delusions, hallucinations, and difficulties with concentration and thinking. If a friend or loved one has a schizophrenia diagnosis, there are simple things you can do to help them.

Encourage them to get treatment or remain in treatment. There are many trials and studies available as well, many of which offer promising new treatments and therapies.

Be patient, and recognize their right to their own views. People who live with schizophrenia commonly hold demonstrably false beliefs, but these can seem very real to them. Be as respectful as possible without supporting inappropriate or destructive behavior.

Be aware of the risk of substance abuse. People who live with schizophrenia tend to be at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, which can also adversely affect treatment.

University of Kansas Medical Center – Canine Chemotherapy Trials

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Canine Chemotherapy Trials
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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch offers outpatient mental health services to patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Alongside her commitment to her own patients’ medical care, Dr. Christie Mensch supports the University of Kansas Medical Center’s valuable work.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and providing high-quality medical care to the people of Kansas. It is also a regional hub for medical research, and has made significant advancements in the understanding of Alzheimer’s, various cancers, and other conditions in recent years.

The University of Kansas Medical Center has enjoyed a recent success with an injectable chemotherapy trial for dogs. HylaPlat, the drug being tested, is a combination of cisplatin and hyaluronan. The compound was injected directly into cancerous oral tumors on seven large breed canine trial participants, all of whom were pets, not laboratory animals.

Two of the first seven dogs experienced partial remission, and three others were cancer-free after the trial. These encouraging results and an accompanying news story inspired dog owners around the world to get in touch with Kansas researchers, who ultimately opened the trials to dogs of all sizes and with varying types of cancers.

This trial is still accepting patients. If your dog is a cancer patient, you may get in touch with researchers by emailing jadams4@kumc.edu.

The World-Famous Cuisine of Campania, Italy

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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates, diagnoses, and treats adult patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In her free time, Dr. Christie Mensch enjoys cooking and traveling throughout Europe. She is particularly fond of the food found in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Campania is most well known around the world for its pizza and pasta made with locally grown wheat. With its fertile volcanic soil, the area is an agricultural paradise that produces a variety of vegetables and herbs, including eggplant, peppers, garlic, basil, and the world-renowned San Marzano tomato. Many of these ingredients are highlighted in popular local dishes such as cianfotta, parmigiana de melanzane, and spaghetti alla puttanesca.

In addition to wonderful produce, Campania, which runs along the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento, features cuisine that utilizes local fish and other fresh seafood, such as octopus, mussels, and clams cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular ingredients and dishes native to the area include various cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and frozen desserts.

Valparaiso University – Premedical Arts Club

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Prior to entering the mental health field, Dr. Christie Mensch studied at the University of Kansas Medical Center where she completed a residency in psychiatry in 2015. Dr. Christie Mensch also attended Creighton University School of Medicine where she received her MD in 2001. Before attending Creighton University, she was a student at Valparaiso University where she earned a BS in Chemistry and Biology.

Valparaiso University includes a Premedical Arts Club that helps premed and nursing students to develop their skills in preparation for entering the medical field. The Premedical Arts Club provides resources and support to help students prepare for the OAT, PCAT, DAT, and MCAT tests, along with details and information regarding the various application processes.

The Premedical Arts Club also offers an annual medical mission trip to Nicaragua or Costa Rica as an alternative to traditional student spring breaks, allowing premed students to gain real life healthcare experience working alongside licensed medical professionals.