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Mental Health Specialist

Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Addiction Treatment located in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, AK

Your mental health is as vital to your well-being and quality of life as your physical health. At Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska, Shannon Davis, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, AGACNP, understands this and wants to help you and your family experience optimal mental and physical wellness. If you have concerns about mental health, call today to set up an appointment or use this website to schedule your visit.

Mental Health Q&A

Who should seek mental health care?

Occasional bouts of sadness, anger, or mood swings, are normal; however, persistently abnormal feelings that affect daily life deserve attention. Untreated and unresolved mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, can have a long-term effect on your physical health, work performance, and social bonds. 

There are several signs that indicate you could benefit from mental health care: 

  • Persistent feelings of guilt and hopelessness
  • Extreme, ongoing sadness
  • Excessive worry and nervousness
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Sense of doom or danger
  • Problems concentrating and focusing
  • Panic attacks with fast heart rate, lightheadedness, and nausea

The abuse of drugs or alcohol is sometimes a sign of a mental health problem. Shannon can help you learn to manage mental health issues to improve your overall well-being. 

Am I at risk of developing mental health problems?

Mental health problems can affect anyone. They may result from issues with your hormones or brain chemistry and often have a genetic component.  

Mental health problems could also come about as a result of:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic disease, like cancer or diabetes
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Certain medications

During your consultation, Shannon talks with you about your risk factors.

How are mental health problems treated?

Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions uses medication management to treat mental health issues. 

Shannon has extensive experience diagnosing anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, schizophrenia, Tourette syndrome, and social anxiety. She evaluates your needs and works with you to determine the right prescription and dosage to treat acute and chronic conditions.

She is skilled at listening and learning about your triggers to create a customized treatment plan and monitor your progress.

How are mental health concerns linked to other health problems?

Your physical and mental health are closely related. Mental health problems can seriously impact your body’s function and wellness. They can lead to addiction and increase your risk of developing heart problems, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and problems with your immune system. Shannon takes a holistic approach to your mental health treatment and treats any physical ailments, as well as those affecting your brain. 

Call Glacier Medical and Family Health Solutions for an appointment or use this website to set up your visit for comprehensive mental health support.