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What to look for on National Depression Screening Day

10.08.20 | News

    Do you think you are depressed? Are you worried about your spouse, child or other family member. For National Depression Screening Day, we are providing you with resources for self assessment and seeking help. 

    According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects one in 15 adults, and one in six people will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression typically  appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. 

    The coronavirus has caused some additional mental health challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The organization reports "anxiety disorders and depressive disoreder increased considerable in the United States during April-June of 2020, compare with the same period in 2019." 

    There is a difference between depression and  sadness or grief. Losing a loved one, pet or job can cause someone to be very sad, but that natural process and requires a different form of treatment. 

    Kristen Hardy, a counselor at the Trinity Christian Counseling Center, provided a list used for depression screening.  The list encourages those who feel depressed to rate the frequency in which they have little interest or pleasure doing things; feeling down, depressed or hopeless, trouble concentrating or thoughts of being dead or self-harm. 

    Screening form from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    If you or someone you love appears to be suffering from depression, Trinity offers counseling services through our Trinity Christian Counseling Center, located in Downtown Mt. Clemens. 

    Trinity has four counselors at the center, including David Brown, Hardy, Zehla Bennett and Dan Burke. They can help in areas of relationship, parenting education, grief and loss and live challenges like depression, anxiety and financial tension. Trinity Christian Counseling helps anyone from Trinity members to members of the community. 

    The standard fee is $90 per session. A sliding fee scale based on household income is also available. Trinity Christian Counseling accepts Beacon Health, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Cross Blue Complete, Cigna, ComPsych, Humana, McLaren, Medicaid, Meridian, Military OneSource, Ulliance and Value Options.  For Trinity members, there is no charge for the first initial consultation session.

     The counseling offices are in the Olympia Building, 117 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens (near Cass and Gratiot) in Suites 300 and 309 on the 3rd floor. To make an appointment, call 586-468-0401 or email