Counseling and Mental Health Services to Support the Student and Athlete

HeadZone’s Mental Health Specialist, Michael Corjulo, APRN, CPNP, PMHS provides screening and evaluation for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/School Avoidance
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

A student or an athlete who experiences a concussion may also experience a variety of emotional or mental health symptoms and conditions. Almost half of children and adolescents with a concussion experience some emotional symptoms within the first week after their injury, most commonly feeling sadness, nervousness, or more emotional (sensitive or irritable) than usual. Approximately 10% develop a new mental health problem or a worsening of a pre-existing one, including some form of depression, anxiety, or attention deficit disorder. Risk factors may include:

  • Pre-injury mental health condition
  • Family history of mental health or psychiatric conditions
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome (3 or more ongoing concussion symptoms > 4weeks)

Additionally, being restricted from a sport, activity, or academic course during the post-concussion treatment plan can be stressful and frustrating for students and athletes. Unlike many other injuries, concussions are not as obviously visible, making it difficult for some people to recognize and appreciate the symptoms and the time and process required for a full and optimal recovery. We work closely with families, schools, teams, and other health care providers to support the recovering student and athlete on a variety of levels.

Our services include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness
  • Medication management
  • Care coordination with primary care, schools, and mental health providers
  • Sports transitions

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