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National Depression Screening Day

Today, October 10, 2019 is National Depression Screening Day. Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. Depression is a condition in which a person can feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. Major depression affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and functions in their daily life. It is however, a treatable illness. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of one’s healthcare.

Why Screen for Depression?

· Depression is a serious medical illness.

· Clinical Depression can lead to suicide.

· Depression is not a normal part of life.

· Clinical Depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.

· Depression can occur with and complicate other medical conditions.

· Clinical Depression can be treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

· Screenings are the first step in getting help.

Who Should Get Screened?

People suffering from Depression often experience some of these key symptoms:

· Sad, Anxious or Numb Feelings

· Sleep Issues (sleeping too much or too little)

· Appetite Issues (loss of appetite or increased appetite)

· Irritability

· Restlessness

· Lack of Interest

· Lack of Focus

· Lack of Energy

· Thoughts of Death or Suicidal Thoughts

Online Depression Screenings:

Depression Screening from Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screen/patient-health

Depression Screening from Anxiety and Depression Association of America: http://www.adaa.org/iving-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/screenings/screening-depression

Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings merely point out if depressive symptoms are apparent. One should see a doctor or a qualified mental health professional if experiencing depressive symptoms for more than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life.

Resources:

http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/resources

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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