ANew recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gives busy primary physicians and their teams one more thing to implement and manage: anxiety screening. While the recommendation that adults ages 64 and younger should be screened for anxiety is a major step toward improving mental health across the US, for many physicians, the question quickly becomes, ‘OK, screening will identify patients needing help; then what?’

Of course, primary care teams already treat milder cases of anxiety.

What about more challenging or urgent cases?

In discussing mental healthcare barriers and problems with getting patients the help they need, a recent Health.com article, quotes USPSTF Member Lori Pbert, PhD:

“There’s a disconnect between primary care providers and mental health professionals that needs to be rectified, too.”

With this draft recommendation, primary care providers should start preparing now for many more patients needing help with anxiety. Find a partner who specializes in mental health to refer your patients to for the best anxiety treatment for their needs – so you can focus your time on what you do best.

Get to Know Your Go-To Psychiatry Team & Referral Options

  • Are they qualified?
  • What treatment options do they have?
  • How will they keep you informed?
  • Are they focused on pushing particular medications? 
  • Do they also incorporate therapy?
  • Do they work with insurance companies?

You may have other questions you would like answered, but these are some of the big ones to make sure you are sending your anxiety patients to the right place. 

If you’re looking for a partner in the Minneapolis area, Advanced Brain and Body Clinic (ABBC) may be the right fit. Below are our quick answers to the questions we’ve outlined above to help you in your search for the right mental health partner.

Are they qualified to treat anxiety?

Led by board certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Brian Johns, MD, our team of mental health professionals specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. We can help patients with varying levels of anxiety and specialize in helping those with severe cases. Meet our providers.

What anxiety treatment options do they have?

We offer a full spectrum of psychiatric interventions, plus special options for treatment-resistant depression including ketamine, esketamine (Spravato), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), genetic testing, and comprehensive laboratory evaluations.

How will they keep you informed?

Prescribers at Advanced Brain and Body Clinic regularly coordinate care with primary care and specialty providers and may refer patients for social work case management through our partnership with Vail Place.  We are happy to regularly discuss best practices via email, phone, or over telehealth. 

Are they focused on pushing particular medications?

At Advanced Brain and Body Clinic, we know that prescribing more medications can potentially cause more side effects. Our mental health professionals take a deep dive into each patient’s medical history, genetics, lab results, lifestyle, and current medications to create a personalized treatment plan that will get to the root of their psychiatric symptoms without adding unnecessary medications. Our goal is to help each patient improve their overall health by influencing as many factors as possible – nutrition, exercise, relationships, medication regimen – as part of their treatment plan, which has proven to increase responses to psychiatric treatments and reduce recidivism rates from the average rate of 40-50% down to the 20% we see at our clinic. 

Taking a holistic approach not only improves responses and helps patients get relief faster, but it also ensures that your patient doesn’t end up right back in your office to start all over again. We don’t push any particular medication but provide a wide variety of options to find the best match for each patient and even offer non-medication options (like TMS). We work hard to ensure that we get to the root cause of your patient’s anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder while simultaneously improving other areas of their overall health. 

Our goal is to treat all mental illnesses as fully and safely as possible. We go the extra mile to care for our patients throughout treatment. We work with most major insurance providers to make ketamine affordable.

Do they also incorporate therapy?

Advanced Brain and Body Clinic offers weekly appointments with a Physician Assistant who specializes in addressing lifestyle modifications, with health and fitness routines.  We also believe that therapy is a critical part of healing and frequently recommend specific approaches that may benefit a patient, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and more.  We help coordinate referrals to a number of clinics and community organizations that offer group therapy programs both virtually and in-person with various levels of care.  

Do they work with insurance companies?

We work with most major insurance providers to help make mental healthcare accessible to everyone. See our list of accepted insurances

When Your Anxiety Screenings Are Complete: Give Us a Call

After you have completed your anxiety screenings, give us a call at 612-682-4912. We are happy to work with you to help provide your patients with the help they need.

We recently expanded our team of providers to match the growing need for anxiety help in the Twin Cities area and are now accepting new patients.