Jun 06

Depressive Disorder

FCS treats patients who experience depression. Take a look at some information about depression disorders and contact us if you feel you need help or have any questions.

Symptoms:

  • Persistent sad or empty mood; low self esteem
  • Feelings of pessimism, hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure, lack of motivation
  • Sleep issues – insomnia, disrupted sleep/restlessness or oversleeping
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Loss of energy, increased fatigue
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Difficulties functioning, Difficulties making decisions
  • Persistent somatic symptoms such as headaches, chronic pain, stomach problems
  • Self Harming

Depressive Disorder Types/Diagnoses:

  • Major Depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Adjustment Disorder with Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

Contributing Factors:

  • Environmental Factors – trauma, loss, grief
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Brain or Chemical Imbalances
  • Substance Abuse

Treatment:

  • Counseling/psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Alternative Supplements
  • Lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise
May 21

Anxiety Disorders

Do you feel like you have an Anxiety Disorder? Check out the below information to learn more:

Symptoms:

  • Inability to stay calm
  • Tension, feeling nervous or jittery
  • Shakiness, trembling
  • Excessive worry and/or fear
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Racing or pounding heart
  • Cold/clammy hands; numbness/tingling of hands, feet, or other body parts
  • “Butterflies” in the stomach
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Somatic Complaints i.e. headaches, muscle pains

Anxiety Disorder Types/Diagnoses:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias including social phobia, agoraphobia, specific phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Contributing Factors:

  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Brain or chemical imbalances
  • Environmental, life experiences – persistent, long lasting stress; trauma; abuse

Treatment:

  • Counseling/psychotherapy
  • Medication – anti anxiety, antidepressants
  • Alternative supplements
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Life changes, nutrition, exercise

If you have an questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us for any additional information.

Apr 29

4th Annual Comedy Event

comedy eventOur 4th Annual Comedy Event was held on April 25, 2015 at the Villagers Theatre in Somerset. Headlining this event was Keith Alberstadt, who has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman. Keith had the crowd roaring!! The two additional comedians were Karen Bergreen and Doug Adler, who were also EXTREMELY funny. The theatre was almost filled to capacity and all of the attendees were in GREAT spirits!! During this event there were also 50 “tricky tray” raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing. We were so pleased by the space at the Villagers Theatre that we already booked our date for 2016. Our 5th Annual Comedy Night will be held on Saturday, March 5th so SAVE the date!  We expect to sell out this year!!!

Jan 21

Volunteer and Make a Difference!

Volunteering for FCSSC makes a direct impact in our ability to provide services to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it.  We have many opportunities for volunteers to help us better serve the community, and we deeply appreciate all the efforts our volunteers make. Learn about some of the ways volunteers can get involved:

  • Answering phones
  • Filing, typing, organizing, other clerical work
  • Assisting with events
  • Fundraising (ex. selling cookies, reaching out to potential donors)
  • Facility services (painting, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, etc.)
  • Marketing / public relations
  • IT / Computers
  • Volunteer coordination (recruiting, scheduling and oversight)

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Pat Freyberger at pfreyberger@fcssomerset.org or Richard Schumann at rschumann@fcssomerset.org for more information.

Nov 30

“Thank You”

Family & Community Services of Somerset County would like to gratefully acknowledge the following institutions for their generous grants:

  • Community Foundation of New Jersey (J&J Companies) – $7,000
  • Costco – $250
  • Dow Chemical Company – $700
  • Horizon Foundation of NJ – $16,000
  • Magyar Bancorp – $1,000
  • Millington Savings Bank – $750
  • Novartis US Foundation – $6,600
  • Plainfield Foundation – $2,500
  • Sanofi-Aventis – $5,000
  • The Bunbury Company – $5,000