Dr. Miho Suga – Jackson Hospital and Clinic
By: Lillian Lalo
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ALABAMA NEWS NETWORK) – Dr. Miho Suga is a family medicine physician who practices at Jackson Hospital and Clinic. She says the topic of mental health has always been important in Family Medicine – but it has taken on a new level of importance during the past year as we navigate the global pandemic.
“I have seen a lot more patients express their stress, anxiety, and even depression,” said Suga.
She said the first step to feeling better is recognizing if you are feeling down and not yourself. The second step is to talk to a trusted member of your family or a friend about how you feel.
“The third option is to talk to your doctor so that they can identify whether this is truly a major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. If necessary, we can prescribe any medications or offer you referrals to a counselor or a psychiatrist,” Suga said. “We are not here to judge. We are here to listen and help you.”
Take a moment to think about how you are feeling physically. Dr. Suga said that anxiety and depression could sometimes manifest as physical symptoms.
“Fatigue, trouble sleeping or oversleeping, poor appetite or overeating, stomach aches, shortness of breath, palpitations… If you are experiencing any of these physical symptoms along with feelings of sadness, feeling down, irritability, restlessness, or anxiety, please talk to your doctor about them,” said Suga.
Dr. Suga said she has seen a renewed optimism with her patients as more and more people are becoming fully vaccinated. She does encounter some people who are anxious about receiving the vaccine. Sometimes they are worried because they have received false information through social media that is scary and confusing.
“Social media has been a platform over the last couple of years for all sorts of information,” Suga said. “If you have any questions about the vaccine, please talk to your doctor about it. We have the latest information, and we can debunk any myths that may be going around. The best way to get your information is from the CDC website, where scientific evidence is documented. Or talk to your doctor who can provide written or verbal information on certain questions that you may have.”