It has become routine for many of us to see out primary care doctor for our annual physical. We get our cholesterol, blood pressure and other health indicators checked as a way of spotting and addressing problems before they become emergencies.
Unfortunately, physicians will rarely ask about our mental health unless we mention a problem. Starting in October, mental health clinicians at JFCS (Jewish Family & Career Services) will offer screenings for depression, anxiety and relationship problems at no cost.
Contact JFCS to schedule a screening. Daytime and evening appointments are available and will take about thirty minutes. Based on the results, the counselor will make recommendations and provide referrals if further action is needed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all people in the U.S. will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition in their lives. Of these mental health problems, depression and anxiety are the two most common. The costs of not treating problems, such as individual suffering, family distress and job related problems, are enormous.
People struggling with depression often report symptoms like low energy, changes in sleep and appetite and loss of interest in activities that were formally enjoyable. People talk about losing their zest for life or feeling as if someone unplugged them. People with anxiety issues describe excessive worry, physical agitation, sleep problems and just a general inability to relax and enjoy life. The good news is that there are solid, evidenced- based treatments for these problems. Sometimes a referral for medication is also required, but a good assessment is the best place to start.
In addition to individual mental health issues, another major contributor to our sense of well-being is relationships. Anyone who has been in an unhappy marriage or on ongoing battle with a rebellious teenager can attest to this. Statistically 40-50% of current marriages in the US will end in divorce. While some relationships do need to end, for example where there is abuse or untreated addiction, many relationships can be greatly improved with competent help. Raising children can be one of life’s greatest joys, and it can also be one of the most challenging and stressful. Ask any parent! Families can learn to talk and solve problems, but it can sometimes require an outside consultant to lead the way.
JFCS conducts a weekly clinic with a reduced fee schedule for couples and families who have a need for counseling.
Hourly sessions are available Tuesday evenings at 5 or 6 p.m. The cost per session is $20. Appointments are required. Availability is limited.
Contact Kathryn Fetter at ext. 258 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment.