Depressed or stressed out in middle age? #mentalhealthawareness for Gen X women has to be better.
The medical assistant was rushing me through the pre-work at my annual physical appointment today. I recognized her from a recent sick visit, and braced myself for the usual impersonal, rushed experience. Expressionless and disinterested even on the best of days, she was now firing off extra questions since it was my big wellness visit for the year. Exercise, eating, tobacco use - check. I answered, she stared at her keyboard, typing furiously. Then, quickly, without feeling or even looking at me, “Have you felt stressed or depressed lately?”
I was shocked! I’d never been asked that in the pre-work part of a physical. This must be the healthcare community working mental illness into patient care, I thought! Love that, but this kind of setting and delivery won’t work. Not for me. For who?