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SPIRIT | June 2011 | Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
Men and Depression

For a single day in June, men all over the country are treated like kings — Father's Day. On this occasion, we celebrate their strength and unyielding support. But what happens if the rock of the family is not as solid as he once was? What happens when depression affects dad?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. Once considered a 'woman's disease,' depression poses a serious threat to men as well — especially during an economic downturn. Men are also more likely to deny having a problem and display symptoms of depression differently than women, making the condition harder to detect.

If the man in your life has experienced at least five of the following symptoms for at least two weeks, he may have clinical depression.

Feeling sad or blue
Significant weight loss or weight gain
Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
Agitation or irritability
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Inability to concentrate or indecisiveness
Thoughts of death or suicide
Lack of joy or not enjoying things previously enjoyed

If left untreated, depression can lead to personal, familial and financial difficulties. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, recovery is possible. There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

In honor of Father's Day, encourage the men in your life to seek mental health care if they need it.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
'I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.' 
 – Sigmund Freud 
 
 Save the Date

A Samaritan Celebration 2011
Tuesday, November 1
River Oaks Country Club

Chairpersons:
Carole & Ronald Krist

2011 Honorees
Ron Hall and Denver Moore, authors
Southwest Airlines, corporate champion
Margaret Alkek Williams, philanthropist 

To learn more or become a sponsor,  Click Here.
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In the News


According to a May 2011 article in the New York Times, researchers began tracking the 'feminization' of mental health care more than a generation ago, when women began to outnumber men in fields like psychology and counseling. 

The article details how drastic this imbalance has become today — men earn one in five master's degrees in psychology, they account for less than 10 percent of social workers under the age of 34 and their numbers have dwindled to 10 percent among professional counselors. Many therapists argue that as a result of this change, the profession is at risk of losing its appeal for a large group of sufferers — mostly men — who would like to receive therapy but prefer to see a male therapist.

Many men prefer counsel from the male perspective on certain issues — aggression, sex, the pressure to be both a provider and a father. Krist Samaritan Center is fortunate to have seven talented, qualified male therapists on staff who are equipped to handle any issues Houstonians face.
We're Near You. 

Each month, Spirit  shines a spotlight on one of our partnering congregations to demonstrate the reach of Krist Samaritan Center counseling locations across  the Houston area.   

Conveniently located in Downtown Houston right off I-45, First Methodist Houston offers a counseling location staffed by Ms. Dawn Drucker. 

First Methodist Houston
1320 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Counselor: Ms. Dawn Drucker

To schedule an appointment or learn more, please call our main office at 281.480.7554. We'd love to hear from you. 

Find a Location Near You. 
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MindWorks Testing

Does your mood affect your relationships or your performance at work? Do you feel like you don't have control of your emotions? Do you wonder if you're truly depressed?

At Krist Samaritan Center, we invite you to get to know how the mind works through psychological testing. Our MindWorks Testing is performed by certified, highly-trained psychologists and counselors who administer tests in a comfortable environment. 

Why wait any longer? Let MindWorks Testing help you discover the answers you've been looking for.

Supporting Mental Health
This year, Krist Samaritan Center is honored to receive grants from: 
-Houston Endowment, Inc. - $50,000 for MindWorks Testing 
-Boeing Employees Community Fund - $20,000 for counseling assistance 
-The Simmons Foundation - $25,000 for operating and capital support for electronic medical records

We thank these foundations for their generosity! 
We thank these organizations for their generosity!

Walk a Mile for Mental Health

Krist Samaritan Center was the site of the Walk a Mile for Mental Health on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Coordinated by Matthew Casso, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout candidate from Boy Scout Troop 957, approximately 100 walkers and volunteers gathered to walk for mental health awareness.

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