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Sponsored Content CARINg foR meNtAl heAlth Is esseNtIAl to oveRAll wellNess – AND PRAIRIe RIDge CAN helP just ‘here’s your diagnosis and your medication.’ We need to think about all of these other factors that people need help with because we can’t expect a medication to treat some of these problems. We think of how we can address this from different standpoints.” From her experience, Dr. Jorgensen has found that some people may experience better treatment with therapy than just medication.The goal is to figure out what else can be done to help rather than simply write a prescription that may not address the root causes. New services for Prairie Ridge patients With the help of Dr. Jorgensen, Prairie Ridge is proud to offer a variety of new services to our surrounding communities. Seeking out treatment for mental health is becoming a much more routine part of overall healthcare, but for many individuals, it is still a taboo topic. Some feel they should be able to handle problems on their own. Others simply try to ignore symptoms to avoid a societal stigma. However, just like any other physical health concern you’d visit your doctor for, treating your mental health is a normal part of healthcare. Changing psychiatry in North Iowa with Dr. Jorgensen Shea Jorgensen, MD is a psychiatrist with Prairie Ridge. Her training with the University of Iowa positions her in a way that she is able to evaluate the entire person as opposed to focusing solely on the medication aspect. When meeting with a patient, she considers what therapy, team-based approach or resources that individual would benefit from the most, incorporating therapy into medication management appointments and working with the patient to find meaning and joy in their lives. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Jorgensen is familiar with the common assumption that solving mental health issues is just about prescribing medication, but she is ready to change that view. “Biologically, we think about their family history, medications and substance use, but we also take into consideration what is happening psychologically, such as the person’s coping skills and attachment style, and socially, including relationships, housing, cultural, and religious aspects that impact disease management. It’s not Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): The ACT team helps those with chronic and persistent serious mental illness.This particular treatment model has been around for decades and has often been referred to as “a hospital without walls.” Previously, when patients would be admitted to a hospital, medication would be regulated and their conditions would improve. But after they were discharged, environmental factors would come back into play, resulting in being readmitted, sometimes on multiple occasions. Now, the Prairie Ridge ACT team treats people in their own homes. Our specialists and psychiatrist deliver care directly to individuals, tailored to their schedules — whether it’s daily or weekly — to achieve the best recovery possible without being frequently admitted into the hospital. First episode psychosis (FEP): Experiencing a first episode of psychosis can be traumatic for the individual and those around them. It’s important to receive treatment soon after this event to minimize damage and quickly achieve remission.The FEP team offers wraparound support to help patients and their families navigate these first episodes to begin an effective treatment. It is not necessary to have a diagnosis prior to working with the FEP team. Increased access for rural patients: While mental healthcare is essential, many patients in rural locations lack access to proper care.The right help and care teams are often difficult to sustain within rural communities, forcing people to drive farther away for treatment or, worse, putting off treatment completely. At Prairie Ridge, we are increasing services for rural areas, offering virtual psychiatry visits to clinics in outlying communities, including Charles City and Hampton. Sites will soon be expanding to Forest City and Algona. Dr. Jorgensen is also working to direct the rural psychiatry training track at the University of Iowa.“I will have two rural track residents rotating with me every year and am excited to expose them to the gratifying and meaningful work they can deliver in rural Iowa.” Access comprehensive mental healthcare at Prairie Ridge At Prairie Ridge, we offer assistance and treatment for individuals with a variety of mental health concerns, including substance use, trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, women’s mental health and so much more. Our goal is to help destigmatize mental health treatment and encourage anyone who may be feeling overwhelmed or experiencing possible symptoms of mental illness to reach out today and schedule an appointment with our caring professionals at 641 424 2391. About Dr. Jorgensen Shea Jorgensen, M.D., completed medical school and her residency in psychiatry from the University of Iowa and is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is the medical director at Prairie Ridge, as well as the Director of Rural Outreach and Training at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Jorgensen was selected to take part in the exclusive APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship and serves on the Psychiatric Services Policy Advisory Board and Early Career Advisory Board. She was the chief resident from 2020 to 2021 and has been recognized with several awards, including the UIHC Department of Psychiatry Senior Resident of the Year Award (2021); the Iowa Psychiatric Society Resident Award of Excellence (2019); Psychiatry Clerkship Resident Educator of the Year Award (2019); and the UIHC Department of Psychiatry Junior Resident of the Year Award (2018 and 2019). 320 N. Eisenhower Mason City, IA www.prairieridge.net 641.424.2391