Depression Counseling

How do you Mind Your Health?

Taking a screening test is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

According to the CDC, depression is characterized by depressed or sad mood, diminished interest in activities, which used to be pleasurable, weight gain or loss, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue, inappropriate guilt, difficulties concentrating, as well as recurrent thoughts of death.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression was the third most important cause of disease burden worldwide in 2004. The CDC states that, approximately 7.7% of adults age 50 or older reported current depression, and 15.7% reported a lifetime diagnosis of depression. Learn more here.

Did you know that…

  • About 1 in 5 American adults will have a mental health condition in any given year
  • But only 41 percent of them will receive services
  • About 10 percent of the American adult population will have a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar
  • And 18 percent have an anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible. But not all of us think about our mental health enough.

If you’ve had trouble sleeping lately, if you’ve been experiencing racing thoughts, or if you’re just curious – the screens below can help you understand more about your mental health. Take all four and discuss the results with a provider.

Program for Encouraging Active Rewarding Lives


PEARLS is a highly effective method designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults. The Program’s community health educators empower older adults through behavioral techniques (problem solving, social and physical activation) and scheduling enjoyable activities to improve their quality of life.

PEARLS was developed at the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The six-month program consists of eight, in-home visits with a counselor.

PEARLS was designed to treat minor depression and dysthymic disorder in adults aged 60 and older, since they are less likely than younger adults to have major depression. Overall, depression is the most common mental health problem among older adults.

For more information visit PEARLS