Episode 37: Mental Health in a Medical Setting

Mental health issues are often a part of a chronic disease such as Parkinson’s, but no one comes into a disease as a blank slate. They bring with them their whole being – their relationships, anxieties, social and personal experiences. Therefore distress in the setting of a disease should not only be ascribed to having the disease but should also take the whole person into account. In this podcast, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kara Barton, a clinical instructor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, discusses how to recognize mental distress, ways to access care, the healthcare providers who can help, and possible ways of getting care when insurance does not cover it.

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About This Episode

Released: September 11, 2018

Kara Barton, MSW, LCSW

Kara Barton, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker at the Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California in the Department of Neurology and in private practice. She provides resources and referrals for neurology patients and their families, and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. She has facilitated various support groups for caregivers and people living with Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, a writing group, a mindfulness meditation group, and is certified as a trauma-informed yoga instructor. She works from a strength-based, trauma-informed perspective, with self-compassion and mindfulness tools to expand capacity for coping with the unknown and the unexpected. She finds joy in connecting with people and connecting people to resources that improve quality of life.

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