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Many people are feeling more stressed and anxious than usual. Some may have trouble with appetite, sleep, concentration or other aspects of their lives. Some may drink, use drugs or turn to other unhealthy coping strategies. Please know that help is available. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Chief Medical Director Dr. Todd Hoffman shares some resources that can support mental health.
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Hi there, I’m Dr. Todd Hoffman, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, with a message about mental health. You’ve likely been through a lot this year and as a result, you may be feeling anxious, sad or even depressed. You may not have the words for your feelings, but you know you’re not yourself. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. Many of us feel more stressed and anxious than usual. It can affect your appetite, your sleep, your concentration, or other aspects of your life. Some may turn to drinking, using drugs, or other unhealthy coping strategies. Please know that help is available. Lifestyle changes, counseling, medication and other therapies can be very helpful and get you feeling more like yourself. You may even be able to seek help through your computer or smartphone by visiting health care providers that offer telehealth options. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, please seek help immediately by dialing 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Either of these numbers can be used nationwide. And remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So if you are struggling, have a conversation with your health care provider about any health questions or any concerns that you may have. Thank you and be well.
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