Mental Health Resources

We believe that your mental health is an important as your physical health. This toolkit highlights different Mental health topics and programs to give you the resources you need.

Everyone feels "blue" or "down" some of the time .  Major depressive disorder (depression)  is more than just feeling down. It can severely disrupt your life. It can affect your appetite, sleep, work, and relationships.

What does depression feel like?

  • Constant sadness, irritability, or tension
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Loss of energy
  • Feeling irritable and/or restless
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Sleeping  too  much or too little
  • Changes in weight  or appetite
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What causes depression?

Depression may result from many thing s. whatever the cause; depression is not just a state of mind. Many things can trigger depression.  It may be due to changes in the way brain chemicals work together.*

Talk to your health care practitioner.

You should talk to your health care practitioner if you've had problems sleeping,  if  you are suddenly eating more or less than usual, or if you are losing interest in things you've always enjoyed in the past. You may have  a hard time concentrating  or remembering  things.  You may  be tired  more often and you may have thoughts of death or suicide. Frequent outbursts of anger or sadness are also signs that you could have depression.

How does my health care practitioner make a diagnosis of depression?

The best way to find if you are suffering from depression is to talk about your symptoms with your health care practitioner. He or she will ask you certain questions about how you've been feeling, or ask you to complete a questionnaire that can help make an accurate diagnosis.

What is the treatment for depression?

Depression is commonly treated with counseling, antidepressant medication or both. The choice of treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are, your medical history, and what you think will work best for you. Your health care practitioner  can help you decide which treatment option is the best for  you. If your health  care practitioner starts you on antidepressant medication, it  is very important  for  you to  see him or her at least 3 times within the first 3 months. Your health care practitioner will check your progress and watch for any possible side effects of the medication.

Taking care of depression every day

Depression is a treatable illness. Working with your doctor, you can learn to manage depression. Keep all your medical appointments.

  • Take your medicine as directed every day.
  • Consider talk therapy (psychotherapy) .
  • Keep track of your moods.
  • Know your warning signs.
  • Keep a regular schedule of diet, exercise, and sleep.
  • Avoid drugs or alcohol.

If you or someone you love are having thoughts of suicide; Call the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

Some people with depression may think of suicide.

  • Thoughts of suicide may not go away on their own. It is a sign that you should get help.

If you are thinking about suicide

  • Call 911. Get help right away before you act on these thoughts.
  • Talk with your doctor.
  • Do not stay alone .

 Things that may help when you feel down

  • Get treatment.
  • Talk to someone you trust like your therapist, a family member, or a friend.
  • Make sure you are taking your medicine as prescribed.
  • Stay away from street drugs and alcohol.
  • Do something with your family or friends even if you feel like being alone.

This is general information only. Call your Doctor for more information.

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Individuals with anxiety worry a lot. It follows you everywhere and  every  day. It  interrupts  sleep and affects your normal activities. The worry may last for 6 months or more.

Stress may make the worry worse. The illness may be caused by out-of-balance brain chemicals. Most people get better with medicine or other treatment.

Who gets anxiety?

  • Anyone can get it. It may run in families.

How does anxiety feel?

  • People with anxiety often have:
  • Crabby moods or feel on edge
  • Tense muscles
  • Headaches or other aches and pains
  • Hot flashes or sweat a lot
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea
  • A hard time sleeping or are tired

What can I do for anxiety?

  • Take the first step. Go to see your doctor and get help.
  • Anxiety does not just go away. Take the first step to helping yourself feel better. 

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People with Eating Disorders experience disturbances in eating behaviors that affect their physical and mental health. There are three types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulemia Nervosa, and
  • Binge Eating Disorder.

Who can develop an Eating Disorder?

Anyone can develop an eating disorder. Statistics report that most often, women between the ages of 12 and 35 develop eating disorders. However, eating disorders can affect anyone including men. 

What are symptoms of Eating Disorders? (general symptoms; each type may have unique symptoms)

  • Constant attention and thinking about food, weight, dieting, fat grams
  • Refusal to eat certain foods 
  • Mood swings
  • Skipping meals, eating smaller portions of food at regular meals or binge-eating
  • Difficulty concentrating, dizziness, muscle weakness
  • Anxiety eating around others
  • Weight changes
  • Compulsive Exercise
  • Food Rituals

What can I do for anxiety?

Take the first step. Go to see your doctor and get help. There are treatment providers who specialize in treating eating disorders.

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