Mental Health Care

Psychiatric mental health plays a crucial role in overall well-being, especially for individuals living with diabetes. Managing diabetes requires daily effort to control blood sugar levels, exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and medication adherence, which can cause stress and lead to mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is essential for individuals with diabetes to have access to psychiatric mental health services to manage their mental health and achieve optimal overall health outcomes.

At Southside Diabetes, we understand the importance of addressing the mental health needs of our patients. We offer comprehensive psychiatric mental health services to support our patients in managing their mental health and improving overall quality of life. Our experienced mental health professionals create individualized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique needs and concerns, such as developing coping strategies and managing stress. We recognize that mental health concerns can affect blood sugar levels and overall health outcomes, and we strive to provide our patients with the necessary support to manage their diabetes and achieve optimal health outcomes.

If you are living with diabetes and struggling with mental health concerns, Southside Diabetes is here to help. 

Dana Stallings

Psychiatric mental health conditions include but are not limited to:


Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. It can affect a person’s mood, behavior, and physical health, and can interfere with their ability to function in daily life. Symptoms may include changes in appetite or sleep patterns, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Depression is a treatable condition, and seeking help from a mental health professional is important for effective management and recovery.


Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent worry, fear, or apprehension about everyday situations or specific events or objects. It can cause physical symptoms such as trembling, sweating, and heart palpitations, and can interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily life. There are different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias. Treatment for anxiety may involve therapy, medication, or a combination of both.


PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is a mental health condition that can develop in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic or life-threatening event. Symptoms of PTSD may include intrusive thoughts or memories of the event, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of triggers that remind the person of the trauma, and hyperarousal or hypervigilance. PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced trauma, such as military combat, sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, or serious accidents. Treatment for PTSD may involve therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits that can have negative effects on a person’s physical and mental health. The most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Anorexia nervosa involves a persistent restriction of food intake and an intense fear of gaining weight, often leading to dangerously low body weight and malnutrition. Bulimia nervosa involves a cycle of binge eating followed by purging through methods such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise. Binge eating disorder involves frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time, often accompanied by a feeling of lack of control.

Eating disorders can have serious physical and mental health consequences, and require comprehensive treatment that may involve therapy, nutritional counseling, medication, and sometimes hospitalization. Early detection and intervention are important for successful recovery.

Bipolar Disorder I & II

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that include periods of elevated or manic mood and periods of depressed mood. There are two main types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar disorder I: This type of bipolar disorder involves at least one manic episode, which is a period of abnormally elevated or irritable mood and increased energy that lasts for at least a week. Manic episodes can also include symptoms such as grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, and impulsive behavior. Depressive episodes may also occur, and can last for several weeks or more.

Bipolar disorder II: This type of bipolar disorder involves episodes of major depression and hypomania, which is a less severe form of mania that lasts for at least four consecutive days. Hypomanic episodes may include symptoms such as increased energy, talkativeness, and euphoria, but do not typically result in severe impairment or require hospitalization.

Both types of bipolar disorder can have significant impacts on a person’s life and may require long-term treatment, which may involve medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes. It is important for individuals with bipolar disorder to work closely with a mental health professional to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.


Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental health disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is a complex condition that can involve a range of symptoms and experiences, which may include:

  1. Delusions: False beliefs that are not based in reality.
  2. Hallucinations: Seeing or hearing things that are not actually present.
  3. Disorganized thinking and speech: Difficulty organizing thoughts and communicating clearly.
  4. Abnormal motor behavior: Unusual movements or gestures.
  5. Negative symptoms: Reduced or absent emotions, speech, and motivation.

Schizophrenia typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood and can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including their ability to work, study, and maintain relationships. Treatment for schizophrenia usually involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy, as well as support from family and friends. With appropriate treatment, many individuals with schizophrenia can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

The following services are available for established patients:


Pharmacogenetic testing


Medication assessment and management


Disorder assessment and management


Counseling and therapy referrals


Psychiatric and higher level referrals as indicated

Pharmacogenetic testing lets us figure out which medications work with your DNA and which do not.

We will collect a saliva sample at the clinic and send it to the Tempus lab. We will receive your results electronically within 7-10 business days. At this time, your provider will make personalized recommendations for your medication management.

Testing is 100% covered by Medicare and Medicaid. It may be fully or partially covered by Tricare and commercial plans. Tempus will contact you directly to discuss cost. The maximum out-of-pocket cost to you is $295, and Tempus offers payment plans.

For more information, give the clinic a call or visit Genetic Testing for Psychiatric Medication | Tempus.

If you are seeking a full-time mental health provider,
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Franklin, VA 23851



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