Counseling Resources

PsychologyToday.com: A website that provides more information about many different mental health issues, as well as search tools that allow you to connect with a local therapist or counselor.

If you would like to speak to someone to help you find a professional therapist or counselor, feel free to contact any of the following members of our parish staff:
Monsignor Michael Billianmbillian@ccup.org
Father Phil Smithpsmith@ccup.org


Anxiety

Definition: Anxiety refers to intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

Common Symptoms:

  • Feeling nervous
  • Feeling powerless
  • Sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

Types of Anxiety Disorders:

  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Panic Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Depression

Definition: Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of depression
  • Traumatic experience in early childhood
  • Stress
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Physical Illness

Common Symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, and unhappiness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so that even small tasks take extra effort
  • Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness — for example, excessive worrying, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that are not your responsibility
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Eating Disorders

Definition: Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions in which the individual is so preoccupied with food and eating habits that they can focus on little else. Eating disorders can affect both males and females.

Types of Eating Disorders and Symptoms:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
    • Refusal to eat and denial of hunger
    • An intense fear of gaining weight
    • A negative or distorted self-image
    • Excessive exercise
    • Fear of eating in public
    • Social withdrawal
    • Trouble sleeping
  • Bulimia Nervosa
    • Eating until the point of discomfort or pain, often with high-fat or sweet foods
    • Self-induced vomiting
    • Laxative use
    • Excessive exercise
    • An unhealthy focus on body shape and weight
    • A distorted, excessively negative body image
    • Going to the bathroom after eating or during meals
    • A feeling that you can’t control your eating behavior
  • Binge Eating Disorder
    • Eating to the point of discomfort or pain
    • Eating much more food during a binge episode than during a normal meal or snack
    • Eating faster during binge episodes
    • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
    • Frequently eating alone
    • Feeling depressed, disgusted or upset over the amount eaten

Substance Abuse

Definition: Drug addiction is a dependence on tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. It can cause an intense craving for the substance, potentially with physical symptoms accompanying cessation of the drug use. Casual drug use can lead to drug addiction. Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Multiple stressors
  • Poor coping skills
  • Early drug or alcohol use

Common Symptoms:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
  • Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
  • Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

If you or someone you know suffers with Substance Abuse, check out https://startyourrecovery.org/ for free and confidential help taking steps toward a healthier relationship with drugs and alcohol.