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Cornerstone Counseling to offer free mental health screenings
LOUISA Cornerstone Counseling, a ministry of Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, will offer free mental health screenings in Louisa on Oct 9, which is National Depression Screening Day.

"The struggling economy, war with Iraq and threat of terrorist attacks are leaving many Americans feeling helpless, sad, angry and frightened," said Cornerstone director Suzanne Coyle.

"It is understandable. and even normal for people to feel sad, angry, tense or irritable, and to have difficulty sleeping or nightmares, but these symptoms should resolve over time," Coyle said. "If these symptoms persist or interfere with the person's ability to function normally, professional help should be sought."

The free screening, offered in conjunction with Three Rivers Medical Center, will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m at the Louisa Senior Citizens Center.

As part of the free screening event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear an educational presentation on mood and anxiety disorder, complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health professional. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

In addition to screening for depression, bipolar disorder anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, information will be provided on how to manage stress and recognize the physical symptoms, that often go hand-in-hand with mental health disorders.

Questions that might be asked at the screening include:

Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?

Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?

Does your mood fluctuate between overly "high" to sad and hopeless?

Are you keyed up and anxious all the time?

Are you having nightmares about something that happened in the past?

Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?

Last year, more than 90,000 people across the United States attended National Depression Screening Day, which is offered through the non-profit Screening for Mental Health.

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