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Resources for Mental Health Concerns

Resources are provided with web addresses for each topic covered.

Depression

Depression is more than feeling sad. This affects the way your mind and body function, slowing down thoughts, causing confusion, irritability and self-doubt, leading to helplessness and hopelessness. Depression is a treatable illness, but can become a terminal disease when it ends in suicide.

Depression often occurs with other medical conditions like heart disease, COPD, diabetes, progressive illness like Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease, and conditions that cause chronic pain.

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Anxiety

Anxiety is more than that normal feeling of butterflies before giving a speech. Anxiety can prevent us from doing everyday chores, like buying groceries, paying bills, cooking meals. It can become crippling and lead to an inability to leave your home (agoraphobia). Anxiety can seriously affect you health.

Trauma Reactions

Most of us will experience a traumatic event at some point in our lives. Most of us receive help to get through tough times and bounce back after a while.

However, when the trauma is one that is caused by an event in which you fear for your life or the lives of others, you have felt helpless…unable to intervene and you did not receive support, this may lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder

This a serious psychiatric illness requiring the intervention of a specialist…the psychiatrist. Bot h medication and counseling is highly advised. A person with bipolar disorder swings for periods of deep depression to periods of high energy and erratic behavior (hypomania/mania) in which they may engage in risky behaviors.

Grief

We all experience the loss of loved ones and other significant losses in our lives through divorce, separation, health changes, and other unforeseen events. Grief is the experience of loss, not necessarily just in reaction to a death. If a person is not allowed to grieve, it can lead to depression.

Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. Some stress can be motivating and increase our mental focus and energy. Distress is actually what most people are talking about when they refer to being stressed. When your stress level is chronically high, you may experience serious medical problems as well, such as high blood pressure, loss of appetite, insomnia and weight gain/loss. There are skills you can learn to better manage distress and to reduce the stress sin your daily life. Experienced mental health professionals can help.

Marital Stress

Nothing is a stressful as a chaotic home life. We all need a place to feel safe and loved. When our home life is unsettled due to financial pressures, addiction, marital affairs, distrust, abuse and other factors, we have no safe haven. We often feel too ashamed to reach out to others.

Job Stress

American workers are increasingly feeling pressured to work longer hours which takes them away from home and leads to family stress as well. There is increasing pressure to gain higher degrees, perform at a high level and never let down. This can be challenging, exciting, and energizing. It can become overwhelming with a sense of chronic fatigue and resentment. It you are chronically stressed about your work, this reduces the overall quality of your life. It is time to take stock of what is important to you.

Being a Caregiver

Many of us are not only working and raising our families, but we are also responsible for taking care of a spouse with serious illness, caring for a child with special needs and caring for an aging parent. The demands can be overwhelming and we lack emotional support.

Spiritual Direction