Resources

Although you may not be ready to take the next step and actually walk through the doors of The Stadter Center, we still want to help you, your friends and your family get through these times. We have provided a number of links, articles and other resources to get you on your way. And remember, help is available when you are ready.


Self-assessment Symptom Checklist

Although this does not replace the evaluation from a mental health professional, please take a look at our symptom checklist as a resource to see if you, a friend or a family member may be suffering from one of these conditions.


Bipolar Disorder

Manic symptoms include:

  • Either an elated, happy mood or an irritable, angry unpleasant mood
  • Increased energy or activity
  • More thoughts or faster thinking than normal
    Increased talking or more rapid speech than normal
  • Ambitious or grandiose plans
  • Poor judgment
  • Increased sexual interest and activity
  • Decreased sleep and decreased need for sleep


Depressive symptoms include:

  • Apathetic mood
  • Decreased activity and energy
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Fewer thoughts than usual or slowed thinking
  • Less talking and slowed speech
  • Less interest or participation in and less enjoyment of activities than normal
  • Decreased sexual interest and activity
  • Hopelessness or helplessness
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Pessimistic outlook
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Change in appetite (either more or less) or weight loss
  • Change in sleep pattern (more or less)
If you are experiencing 2 or more of these symptoms, which have lasted for 2 or more weeks, consulting a mental health professional is recommended.


Depression
(symptoms last longer than two weeks and interfere with ordinary functioning)

Depression symptoms include:

  • Persistently sad or irritable mood
  • Pronounced changes in sleep, appetite and energy
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering
  • Physical slowing or agitation
  • Lack of interest in or pleasure from activities that were once enjoyed
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and emptiness
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headache, digestive
    disorders, chronic pain

If you are experiencing 2 or more of these symptoms, which have lasted for 2 or more weeks, consulting a mental health professional is recommended.


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (symptoms fall into three categories)

PTSD Symptoms include:

  • Re-experience: recurrent recollections and/or nightmares about a traumatic event, flashbacks, and hallucinations.
  • Avoidance: avoidance of any thought, feeling or situation that is a reminder of the traumatic event, detachment from emotions, loss of interest in activities that may trigger a memory, hopelessness about the future.
  • Increased Arousal: Difficulty falling asleep, irritability or anger outbursts, difficulty concentrating, overly alert or watchful of the environment, jumpiness or easily startled.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consulting a mental health professional is recommended.

Links

www.nimh.nih.gov (National Institute for Mental Health)
www.nami.org (National Alliance On Mental Illness)
www.psych.org (American Psychiatric Association)
www.apa.org (American Psychological Association)
www.nmha.org (National Mental Health Association)
www.mentalhealth.com
www.adaa.org (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
www.ncptsd.va.gov (National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
www.socialanxiety.factsforhealth.org (Site for those with social anxiety disorder)
www.aacap.org (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)Articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

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