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Specialized Screenings

EAP provides the following specialized screenings on a rolling basis, as well as on special “Screening Days.”

Adolescent/Family Issues

Family life is changing and more complex issues are involved in launching your children into adulthood. Teens may become bogged down in substance abuse problems, or an adult child may not seem to be able to put the pieces together to get a job that is future-directed, or may suffer from a series of dysfunctional relationships.

These issues are challenging for parents who may feel conflicted between the delayed maturation process for their children vs. their own dreams about retirement and/or relocation. There are often multiple issues that need to be resolved before the family matter has closure. Start this process through your EAP at x4567.

Alcohol

For many people, alcohol and depression go hand-in-hand. Alcohol is the number one substance of abuse, as well as being the cheapest and most readily available. Since alcohol is a depressant drug, if you are depressed and deal with it by drinking, you will become more depressed even if you get a temporary lift for a few hours.

For obvious health reasons, long term use of alcohol will create serious hazards to your health. It will also have a negative impact on your family, your marriage, your finances, and can create legal crises such as DWI’s.

If you or a family member has a problem with alcohol, call EAP even if the drinker does not want to get help or even admit that they have a problem. Recovery is a process that begins with the healthiest member of the family seeking help. Call x4567 for an appointment. Outside resources within your insurance plan will be identified so that you can obtain the best treatment while being assured of confidentiality.


Depression

Depression is seen by many recognized authorities as the number one mental health problem. It is often missed in a general health setting because people tend to describe symptoms of depression which could be symptoms of something else more worrisome. People often are reluctant to admit that they even have depression, or if they admit it they might not be willing to discuss how long it has been going on, what they have tried in order to address it, or if they have thoughts of suicide.

Some people are more genetically at risk for depression, and despite their best efforts to rein it in, spend considerable energy to suppress their feelings of depression. In other cases, people self-medicate with alcohol, prescription drugs, over the counter medications, etc. For these reasons, it is important to get a thorough assessment if you or a loved one are bothered by feelings of depression.

EAP could be the place you start. Remember that not all cases of depression involve the depressed person not wanting to get out of bed, etc. There are some kinds of depression where the person is chronically agitated and angry. This can create big problems at home or in a marriage. If this is your case, believe that depression is treatable and get help through EAP at x4567 or 1-800-327-2182.

Sleep

The identification of sleep disorders is on the rise, as well as technologies that are being developed in order to treat the affected person. The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, which usually affects people over age 40, and most often are overweight. The main symptom is loud snoring, punctuated by gasping and loss of breath. The sleep partner is most affected and has usually given up hope of resolving the problem.

The dangers of sleep apnea that goes untreated long-term are daytime sleepiness (especially while driving), high blood pressure and stroke. Untreated sleep apnea is also related to weight gain. Sleep apnea can be treated by a variety of methods.

Use your EAP at x4567 to discuss a sleep problem in yourself or a sleep partner. It could be as easy as improving sleep hygiene or may require the diagnostic procedures involved in a sleep study. Whatever the case, you will be emotionally supported throughout this process so that you restore your ability to sleep well.