5 Warning Signs of Depression

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Are you depressed?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. (www.nami.org).

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It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

5 Warning Signs of Depression

  1. A lack of interest in activities that the person used to be interested in. Typically, people who suffer from depression lose interest in doing things that they once enjoyed doing. This can range as anything from dropping out of social events like clubs and sports teams, to walling themselves off from outsiders with whom they once shared a hobby. This symptom of depression typically goes on to worsen the condition, because it hurts some of the social relationships that depression sufferers previously engaged in.
  2. A noticeable change in eating habits is another big warning sign of depression. While there are obviously a number of reasons why one might change their diet, big shifts in weight gain and/or weight loss typically signify a loss of interest in eating or a lackadaisical attitude towards making food. This symptom, in turn, can negatively impact a depression sufferer’s physical health.
  3. Suddenly noticing an increase in the number of headaches, stomachaches and physical symptoms is another sign of depression. While depression in itself is a mental condition, it is often accompanied by a number of physical discomforts like headaches and stomachaches.
  4. Constant fatigue or an inability to sleep is a big warning sign of depression. This can either come as a slight problem with sleeping enough to feel fully rested, or it can be full-blown insomnia. Waking up too early or constantly waking up during the night are other common signs of depression.
  5. The most serious sign of depression is thoughts of suicide or hurting oneself. Unlike the other symptoms, which on their own can be indicators of a number of conditions, this particular sign almost always signals depression.

(Source http://www.psyweb.com)

 

Help is Available

Speak positivity through your pain, through your tears, through your joy…speak positive affirmations into your life. -Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW

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Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients. Confidential sessions are available via telephone as well as our secured, online platform to residents of NC, SC, and GA.

Visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

 

Shanna A. Jefferson

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5 Signs of Emotional Distress

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How do you know if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental illness? What are signs?

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The Campaign to Change Direction identifies 5 key signs that someone may be experiencing a mental illness. The signs are personality change, agitated, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs above, it is important to seek treatment.

KnowTheSigns

It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients in NC, SC, and GA. Services are available via telephone and our secured online platform. Office sessions available for Greenville, SC.

Contact us today at 1-800-647-3345 or visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

 

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Shanna A. Jefferson

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7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

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Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

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Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

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To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.  Or call 1-800-647-3345.

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This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For bookings, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

Shanna A. Jefferson

7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

MtPisgahChurchImage

Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

Faith&MentalHealth

Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

DG Logo.jpg

To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.  Or call 1-800-647-3345.

Testimonial

This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For bookings, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

Shanna A. Jefferson

Community Advocacy

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student, Liberty University and Clinical Case Manager Intern, Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Saturday, October 7th marked the day of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 5K walk, which raises money to help further the efforts of awareness about mental illness.  On this day hundreds of walkers gathered at Grant Park in Atlanta GA IMG_0035to advocate on the behalf of mental illness in the community.  At the start of the walk over $108,000.00 dollars had been raised through sponsorships for NAMI walks.

 

 

 

 

Shanti Das gave her revealing testimony about her personal battle with severe depression, a disease that cost her father and cousin their lives. I spoke to Ashanti briefly and thanked her for sharing her story and congratulated her on her accomplishments. After introducing myself and Destination Greatness’ sponsorship to Silence the Shame I became a part of their walking family of approximately 15 others.

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I had a brief conversation with a lady who asked me if Shanti said that “prayer is not enough” to get her through her feeling of depression, to which I had said “Amen” to the statement. The lady was obviously offended. To that, I quoted scripture James 2:20 “faith without works is dead”. She replied, “bring all things to God in prayer”.  I then replied to her that God answers prayer by placing therapists to fill the gap fulfilling HIS will here on earth. She agreed and said, “you are right”. She moved from being critical and judgmental to seeing God’s handy work through His vessels of mental health providers. We parted gracefully and the walk began. God can do all things.

Brenda Wood also revealed her struggles with depression before announcing the official start of the walk. The mood was jovial, filled with strength and determination to make a difference.

Along the pathway through Grant Park individuals talked, laughed, cried, made friends and acquaintances but most of all walked for a collective cause.  No one was deterred from walking even as the glumly sky loomed overhead made way to mist and drizzle.  The event was too important to sway us.

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Reasons Mental Health is NO Joking Matter

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There are so many reasons that people bully others, but have you ever thought of why we shouldn’t do this to each other? Have you ever wondered what a stupid joke might mean to someone else?

Joking about mental illness is never cool, ever. What people who suffer from mental illnesses live with daily is traumatic enough, we don’t need to add any additional emotions to their lives. Unless of course they are positive, then feel free to spread the love.

Countless people who suffer from mental illnesses and many who do not, suffer from the lack of self-confidence. This is a main reason we should all be uplifting each other, rather than joking about it.

There are infinite stigmas surrounding mental health. Which makes it impossible to cover every stigma, but we can start with a handful.

Listed below are 3 reasons everyone should educate themselves on mental health issues and stop joking about them immediately.

  1. You probably know someone who suffers.

 

One in Five. According to NAMI, one in five American adults will experience mental illness in a year. That means that in your family of five, someone will likely suffer from a mental illness. You wouldn’t joke about your auntie’s cancer or uncle’s high blood pressure, so why joke about someone’s mental health?

  1. You are making someone feel worse.

By joking about mental illness, you are creating an illusion that mental health is not a big or serious deal, when in fact it is just as important as physical health. By joking about mental health, you are making people who already feel alone in this cruel world, more alone.

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  1. It makes people less likely to get help.

 

My father’s side of the family has been known to joke about mental health, leading me to believe my issues weren’t real.  Now, after taking multiple courses on mental illnesses and disorders, I know that my symptoms were real. I also know the ones making jokes about my symptoms that I let go untreated for so long, show symptoms of mental illness too. After hearing my family joke about mental health for so many years, when I finally decided to get serious about seeing a therapist, I hesitated to even schedule an appointment.

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There are so many things to joke about in the world, mental health is not one of them. Take a moment research the symptoms, check on your family members, and show compassion for those who might suffer from a mental illness.

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.DG Logo

 

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5 Warning Signs of Depression

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Are you depressed?

Today is National Depression Screening Day.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. (www.nami.org).

It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

5 Warning Signs of Depression

  1. A lack of interest in activities that the person used to be interested in. Typically, people who suffer from depression lose interest in doing things that they once enjoyed doing. This can range as anything from dropping out of social events like clubs and sports teams, to walling themselves off from outsiders with whom they once shared a hobby. This symptom of depression typically goes on to worsen the condition, because it hurts some of the social relationships that depression sufferers previously engaged in.
  2. A noticeable change in eating habits is another big warning sign of depression. While there are obviously a number of reasons why one might change their diet, big shifts in weight gain and/or weight loss typically signify a loss of interest in eating or a lackadaisical attitude towards making food. This symptom, in turn, can negatively impact a depression sufferer’s physical health.
  3. Suddenly noticing an increase in the number of headaches, stomachaches and physical symptoms is another sign of depression. While depression in itself is a mental condition, it is often accompanied by a number of physical discomforts like headaches and stomachaches.
  4. Constant fatigue or an inability to sleep is a big warning sign of depression. This can either come as a slight problem with sleeping enough to feel fully rested, or it can be full-blown insomnia. Waking up too early or constantly waking up during the night are other common signs of depression.
  5. The most serious sign of depression is thoughts of suicide or hurting oneself. Unlike the other symptoms, which on their own can be indicators of a number of conditions, this particular sign almost always signals depression.

(Source http://www.psyweb.com)

 

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Help is Available

Speak positivity through your pain, through your tears, through your joy…speak positive affirmations into your life. -Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW

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Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients. Confidential sessions are available via telephone as well as our secured, online platform to residents of NC, SC, and GA.

Visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

Celebrate

Anniversary Celebration

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles one overcomes while trying to succeed.-Booker T. Washington

Happy August 25! I remember the day as if it were yesterday. On February 25, 2013, my dreams and vision of owning a private practice became reality with the opening of Destination Greatness in Durham, NC. Today, I celebrate 4.5 years as a business owner. Destination Greatness now provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, psychoeducation, and workshops in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

I give the Most High praise for the storms that have elevated me to greater.

This journey has been filled with many adversities and challenges. From the 6-10 hour day trips for meetings with clients to past business dealings with others not committed to my mission, vision, and principles, I am still standing. I give the Most High praise for the storms that have elevated me to greater.

The sacrifices of time, energy, money, and relationships can add up. However, I remind myself that obedience is greater than sacrifice. I will forever remain committed, obedient, and faithful to the revelations of the Most High.

To all whom have taken this journey with me, Thank You! As I approach the 5th year Anniversary on February 25, I am more focused than ever on the next level of Greatness.

Please save the date of February 25 to join me in Atlanta, GA for a celebration of greatness. Details for sponsors, speakers, and guests will be released in the coming months.

 

With Gratitude,

Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

Doctoral Candidate

SAVE THE DATE

 

5 Signs of Emotional Distress

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Welcome to #TherapyTalkThursdays. Thanks to all that have commented. Please continue to submit your questions and we will also respond to at least one question each Thursday.

The question for today is as follows:
How do you know if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental illness? What are signs?

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The Campaign to Change Direction identifies 5 key signs that someone may be experiencing a mental illness. The signs are personality change, agitated, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs above, it is important to seek treatment.

KnowTheSigns

It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients in Decatur, GA and Greenville, SC. Services are also available via telephone and our secure online platform.

Contact us today at 1-800-647-3345 or visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

 

#silencetheshame #mentalhealth #minoritymentalhealth #knowthesigns #depressedmom #businesstherapy #businessowner #mentalhealthcrisis #angermanagement #anxiety #teletherapy #ptsdrecovery #namiga #blackmentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #psychologytoday #therapysession
#motivation
#girlboss #girlpreneur #goaldigger #womenempowerment #speaklife #getinspired #glambitious #toolsforsuccess #changementalhealth #knowthesigns