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Figuring out if mental health treatment is right for you can seem daunting, but we are here to help. The first step in this process is taking a hard look at your life. Do you often feel overwhelmed? Disconnected? Sad or hopeless? These are all emotions we experience from time to time. However, when these feelings become the norm, it may be time to seek help from a professional.

At Centerstone, we are happy to talk to you about your options and whether treatment is right for you. Feel free to contact us for more information.

If you'd like to do a little more research on your own, we have a few ways you can explore if treatment is right for you. On the right, you'll see a link to our Free Mental Health Screening. Simply click the link to take this free, confidential online screening. You can also use the checklists below to determine if treatment might be right for you.

Stress Evaluation | Anxiety Evaluation | Depression Evaluation

Stress Evaluation

Stress is a natural part of everyday life. Left unchecked, however, stress can cause physical, emotional and behavioral disorders that can affect your health, vitality, peace of mind and personal and professional relationships. Everyone handles stress differently; some better than others. If you think you have too much stress in your life, it may be helpful to talk with a doctor, clergy member or other caring professional. They may suggest that you consult with a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or other qualified counselor because reactions to stress can be a factor in depression, anxiety and other mental and emotional disorders.

Here is a checklist of negative reactions to stress and tension:

  • Do minor problems and disappointments upset you excessively?
  • Do the small pleasures of life fail to satisfy you?
  • Are you unable to stop worrying?
  • Do you feel inadequate or suffer from self-doubt?
  • Are you constantly tired?
  • Do you experience flashes of anger over minor problems?
  • Have you noticed a change in sleeping or eating patterns?
  • Do you suffer from chronic pain, headaches or backaches?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, consider the following suggestions for reducing or controlling stress:

  • Be realistic. If you feel overwhelmed by some activities, learn to say NO!
  • Shed the “superman/woman” urge. No one is perfect, so don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.
  • Meditate for ten to twenty minutes.
  • Visualize how you can manage a stressful situation more successfully.
  • Take one thing at a time. Prioritize your tasks and tackle each one separately.
  • Find a hobby that will give you a break from your worries.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, adequate rest, regular exercise, limited caffeine and alcohol and balanced work and play.
  • Share your feelings with family and friends. Don’t try to cope alone.
  • Give in occasionally. Be flexible.
  • Go easy with criticism. You may be expecting too much.

For more information on stress, or to speak with a mental health professional, please call us.


Anxiety Evaluation

What is an anxiety attack? An anxiety attack affects your body, your mind and your behavior. During an attack, you become worried and anxious about something you believe will be dangerous in the future. Then your body and mind become focused on this fear. You may have physical sensations such as tension, shakiness, stomach distress or sweating. Focusing on these concerns, you may prepare yourself either by avoiding certain places and activities, by constantly checking to make sure you are safe or by procrastinating because your excess worry is blocking concentration.

Here is a checklist of anxiety symptoms:

PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES

  • Feelings of warmth
  • Tightness of chest
  • Heart palpitations
  • Butterflies in stomach
  • Rapid, pounding heartbeat
  • Hyperventilation
  • Weakness all over
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sweaty all over
  • Confusion
  • Speeded-up thoughts
  • Muscle tension/aches
  • Fatigue

COGNITIVE RESPONSES

  • I can’t do it.
  • People are looking at me.
  • What if I make a fool of myself?
  • I could faint.
  • It’s a heart attack!
  • Get me out of here!
  • No one will help.
  • I can’t go alone.
  • I can’t breathe.
  • I’m going to die.
  • I’m going crazy.
  • I’m trapped.
  • What if someone is hurt, sick, fired, etc.?
  • I’m not going out.

EMOTIONAL RESPONSES

  • Fear
  • Keyed up/on edge
  • Panic
  • Excessive worry
  • Uneasy
  • Feelings of doom/gloom
  • Trapped, no way out
  • Isolated or lonely
  • Loss of control
  • Embarrassed
  • Criticized
  • Rejected
  • Angry
  • Depressed

If you checked three or more from each response list, ask yourself:

  1. Is the fear of an anxiety attack limiting my involvement in life?
  2. Am I avoiding everyday situations?
  3. Do I worry and feel tense most of the time?

For more information on stress, or to speak with a mental health professional, please call us.


Depression Evaluation

Each year more than 19 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. It strikes men, women and children of all races and socio-economic groups, causing them to lose motivation, energy and the pleasure of everyday life. Clinical depression often goes untreated because people don’t recognize its symptoms. The good news is that almost everyone who gets treated can feel better soon.

Here is a checklist of ten symptoms of clinical depression:

  • A persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment (such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders)
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks, or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine, see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional. For more information on depression, or for a confidential and professional depression screening, please call us.