Seeking Help for Anxiety and Depression – A Q&A with Clinician Caitlin Miller

Anxiety and depression are some of the most common mental illnesses faced by people in the United States. Anxiety disorder affects 18.5% of adults each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. For depression, roughly 6.7% of people experience a depressive episode each year. Despite the prevalence of these mental health struggles, a small portion of those affected receive treatment.

See our Q&A below with Skills clinician, Caitlin Miller, LSW to learn more about these two mental illnesses, and how Skills staff can provide help at our clinic in Portage, PA.

How are people affected by anxiety and depression? And, as a clinician, what do you do to treat anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression affect individuals on a daily basis and can be life-altering at times. Because of this, it’s important to provide treatment, as these symptoms can really impact someone’s quality of life and everyday experience.

Anxiety symptoms can include:  excessive worry insomnia, fear, sweating, irritability, restlessness, and racing thoughts.

Depression symptoms can include:  agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, social isolation, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and suicidal ideations.

As a clinician, I utilize many different therapy techniques (Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, etc…), finding the right technique for the individual best suited for their needs.  Then, that individual can utilize one-on-one counseling and medication management (or just counseling) to address their anxiety and depression symptoms.

What services does Skills offer to help people deal with anxiety and depression?

Currently, Skills offers outpatient individual counseling services as well as psychiatric services such as medication management (a service to help people take medications safely).  The individual will have the opportunity to choose either counseling, medication management, or both to help them on their way to recovery.

In addition to traditional counseling, medication management can be crucial to help people with anxiety and depression. Taking meds at the wrong times or in the wrong amount can have severe impacts on health, both physical and mental.

Who is eligible for treatment for anxiety and depression with Skills?

We currently accept many different insurances which has allowed us the opportunity to treat many individuals for anxiety and depression. We work with people who are ages 14 and up. If you’re curious about treatment but are unsure how to begin, don’t hesitate to reach out for an initial conversation!

How does mental health stigma pose a barrier to people seeking treatment for anxiety and depression?

Mental health stigma can certainly prevent an individual from seeking treatment. Unfortunately, mental health is something that is still misunderstood by many. At Skills, we strive to provide a safe, judgement-free space where individuals can feel comfortable receiving the help that they deserve. I’d urge anyone needing help to reach out so that we can answer any and all questions that they have for us.

How can someone access your services?

Walk-in assessments for anxiety and depression are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Skills office located at 123 Main Street, Suite A, Portage, PA 15946. Services are also available via telehealth; please call 814-713-8289 to discuss this option.

If You’re Experiencing A Crisis

Are you in crisis and need help immediately? Please contact one of the crisis lines below.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990