By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Primary care doctors are no longer just in the physical health business: Americans are increasingly turning to them for mental health care, too, a new study finds.
Looking at Americans’ primary care visits between 2006 and 2018, researchers found a 50% increase in the proportion of visits that addressed mental health concerns. That figure rose from just under 11% of visits, to 16% by the end of the study period.
The reasons are unclear, experts said, but it’s not just a matter of mental health conditions becoming more common: During the same…