Depression & anxiety

Are you feeling down, withdrawn and disconnected? Everyone feels stressed and sad at times, but when these emotions are persistent and extreme, it may be time to seek help. Learn about the most common signs of depression and anxiety, and where to turn for professional support in Stark County.

Signs of depression

Depression affects thousands of Stark County residents every year, and although it’s treatable, many don’t get the services and support they need. If you or someone you know shows the following signs of depression, reach out right away to schedule an assessment:

  • Avoids familiar people and activities
  • Chronic physical and emotional pain
  • Eats too much or too little
  • Feels fatigued with trouble sleeping
  • Irritable and easily annoyed
  • Less interest in hygiene and self-care
  • Overcome with self-doubt
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide



Signs of anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem affecting children, teens and young adults in Stark County. From fears about their friends and families to their performance in school, many young people experience anxious thoughts at one point or another. When these symptoms become chronic or severe, it may be time to seek out support from a mental health professional:

  • Chest pain and headaches
  • Frequent panic attacks
  • Numbness, dizziness and tingling
  • Often have an upset or nervous stomach
  • Sharp and shooting pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tension in your neck, shoulders and back
  • Trouble sleeping


Seeking treatment

If you are concerned you may be suffering from anxiety or depression, reach out to schedule a mental health appointment with a service provider near you. There are many community organizations offering compassionate and affordable care right here in Stark County.

Helpful links

Child Mind Institute Anxiety Guide

Resources, parenting advice and treatment recommendations for young people suffering from anxiety.

Child Mind Institute Depression Guide

Learn to spot different kinds of depression, and how to seek out the most effective treatment options. Anxiety Resources

Articles and guides to support people affected by anxiety and panic disorders. Depression Resources

Collection of articles for people of all ages struggling with depression.

National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Overview

Helpful resources about generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and more.

National Institute of Mental Health Depression Overview

Information about depression signs, symptoms and risk factors as well as ways to cope and feel better.