All you Need to Know
Depression, anxiety, and other mental illness are common and nearly affecting about 1 of every 5 Americans. Unfortunately, over half of adults suffering from mental health issues are not receiving the help they need. In the adult population, approximately 50 million Americans have a mental illness, but only about 20 million of them are regularly receiving care. See more details regarding mental illnesses here.
If you are struggling with any symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and other mental illness, please reach out to Charter Health for help. After all, the Charter Health team is here to help. Visits can be in person in our office or by using telemedicine (phone or video). To inquire, please call our office today at 978-354-4611.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
- Feeling sad, anxious or being irritable
- Having little interest or pleasure in doing things one normally enjoys.
- Little interest in social or family activities
- Decreased self-worth
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Trouble concentrating
- Experiencing fatigue or lack of energy
- Trouble concentrating
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Difficulty sleeping, sleeping too much, or waking early
Our approach to treating depression and other mental illness
The Charter Health team will meet with you regularly to monitor your progress towards our goal of you feeling well and keeping you safe. Our first visit will include an in-depth history so that we can begin to understand you as an individual human being. Then, as we learn about you and your interests and preferences, we will then begin to start to develop a plan in order to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Visits can be either in-person or over the phone or video (telemedicine), depending on your needs and preferences.
The key components of a treatment plan consist of the following:
- Identifying the origins of your illness
- Identifying triggers that can make you feel worse
- Setting some goals to get better
- Talk therapy to provide emotional support as well as some practical solutions to problems.
- Medication therapy, such as antidepressants, when appropriate
- Treatment of other conditions such as substance abuse disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other problems that make it more difficult to deal with depression
- Access to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, and recovery coaches
Charter Health has developed expertise in helping those with anxiety and other mental illness. We work closely with behavioral health specialists and oversee the medical care of patients hospitalized with mental illness. Many of these patients are then followed by the Charter Health team upon discharge from the hospital.
Call us today at 978-354-4611 to schedule an appointment with our care team that is here to help you.