Common Signs of Depression

 

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Depression
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Dr. Christie Mensch serves as a psychiatrist at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. There, Dr. Christie Mensch diagnoses and treats depression and other mental illnesses.

Clinical depression is much more than a passing sad feeling. Such emotions are normal reactions to life’s difficult times, but when they continue unabated or occur alongside other physical or emotional symptoms, they may be signs of a serious mental illness.

Individuals with depression may feel persistently sad, although feelings of anxiety, emptiness, or hopelessness are just as common. These feelings may occur alongside thoughts of guilt or worthlessness, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person had once enjoyed. Energy can decrease significantly, and the person may feel like sleeping much of the time, although some patients are more prone to have trouble sleeping as opposed to oversleeping.

Similarly, people with depression may either overeat or not feel like eating much at all. They may complain of stomach aches, cramps, or headaches, even if these complaints do not have a clear physical cause or do not respond to treatment.

One of the most serious signs of depression is suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. Sometimes these thoughts and intentions come with verbal signs, such as the person’s stating that the world would be better without him or her. Frequent references to death and reckless behavior are common. Experts urge loved ones and patients alike to take these signs seriously and to seek help immediately.

Art Installation Creates Functional, Expressive Wyandot Center Lobby

 

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Wyandot Center
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An outpatient psychiatrist serving the needs of Kansas City patients, Dr. Christie Mensch treats patients with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to anxiety, and has a strong interest in pet therapy. Dr. Christie Mensch practices with the Wyandot Center. Focused on the patient experience, the Wyandot Center recently took steps to mitigate the effects of a high ceiling in the lobby on 47th Street.

The issue was that sounds and voices were magnified in an environment where personal and confidential information was often being conveyed. The anxiety created in visitors was identified by employees of the building as an issue that could benefit from a creative solution that would be expressive and therapeutic.

The result has been the installation of 75 wall panels that feature artwork with inspirational and soothing themes. Included is client art that conveys a sense of hope, as well as success stories associated with patients. The functional, trauma-informed installations serve to brighten the space, while creating an atmosphere more conducive to psychological counseling.