Depression can leave people feeling helpless and without hope. Sometimes those feelings pass, but if they linger or persist it is important that they are addressed. The first step is to complete a depression screening.
What does a depression screening looking like?
- Our skilled and caring staff apply evidence-based techniques to get to the root symptoms of depression, and make sure there is no potential for self harm.
- The assessment looks at risk factors and warning signs, such as recent job loss, the death of a loved one, increased substance abuse or research/planning around suicide.
- Our care team also looks at protective factors, meaning anything that will lessen the likelihood of self-harm. For example, the absence of any firearms in the home, or strong family ties are both indicators that a person may be less likely to attempt suicide.
- Our care team encourages and helps you and your support network to develop a plan. A plan involves increasing available resources and strategies that can be used in a time of need.
Following the assessment and safety plan, a depression treatment plan will be developed. This can include:
- Weekly sessions with a therapist or dedicated groups
- At-home visits and wellness checks
- Identifying emergency contacts
- Engaging family members, friends, clergy or teachers.
- A referral to a psychiatrist for medication management
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Just as medication is used for physical health, medication for mental health treatment may be part of a person-centered treatment plan. Medications as part of a treatment plan can help manage symptoms, and help individuals engage and focus on those things that matter most.
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Our board certified psychiatrist and counseling staff work collaboratively on developing treatment plans and, when appropriate, medications to help. We offer individual, group, marriage and family counseling services.
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At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.
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