Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma February 2020 - Page 7

Mood & Hormone Health Psychiatry & Counseling Sexual Health Maternal Mental Health General Wellness biological, emotional, support, or a combination thereof,” she said. “Each person is different, as should be their treatment. We meet the patient where they’re at.” Dr. Barrett received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, following her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Texas A&M University. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, where she served as a Chief Resident. At Balance Women’s Health, Dr. Barrett specializes in the treatment of women’s health disorders using an integrated approach and she has obtained board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett’s colleagues share her passion for helping patients get to the source of their issues to help them get back to living their best life. “As a field, we’re continuing to learn more about the mind/body connection, and through continued research and discoveries in how chronic stress impacts mental health, this will allow for even more, new treatments to become available,” she said. “I think that stressors have always been there, but we’re always learning more about how those stressors impact a person’s mental health and devising new ways to address them.” But regardless of a woman’s mental wellness needs, Dr. Barrett emphasized the importance of seeking help for the sake of the patient and those around her. “With mental illness, a person can feel really alone, hurting, and stuck, but there are people out here to help,” she said. “I would greatly encourage anyone who’s dealing with mental I would greatly encourage anyone who’s dealing with mental health issues, or who has a family member that’s struggling, to reach out, to get help, because help is available. Don’t try to go it alone, because you’re not alone. — Dr. Melanie Barrett, psychiatrist Dr. Melanie Barrett, psychiatrist health issues, or who has a family member that’s struggling, to reach out, to get help, because help is available. Don’t try to go it alone, because you’re not alone.” Balance Women’s Health of Edmond is located at 2908 Astoria Way. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, contact them at 405-378-2727. February 2020 | The Business Times 7