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Study suggests mental health checkups

Study urges mental health screenings with physical checkups. (Source: KSPR/CNN) Study urges mental health screenings with physical checkups. (Source: KSPR/CNN)

SPRINGFIELD, MO (KSPR/CNN) - A new study says you should get your brain checked as often as you have a physical.

British researchers at the University of Cambridge say you should treat your brain like any other organ in your body.

Just like you workout to keep physically fit, it is also important to keep your brain fit.

Common mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety are easily treated, especially if caught early.

"If we catch it very, very early, it's much easier, much quicker and people don't have to have the misery that they might have if things are caught later," Psychologist Diane Ellis said.

The study recommends asking for a mental health screening when you get your checkup.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports 26 percent of American adults suffer from some sort of mental illness each year.

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