Spotting The Signs: National Depression Screening Day

One in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experience mental illness in a given year, however, 60 percent of adults and almost half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness do not seek the necessary treatment[1]. Routinely screening for depression and other mental illnesses could greatly reduce these numbers. It has been said that more than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both – but it first must be correctly diagnosed.

National Depression Screening Day is observed on October 10th, during the Mental Illness Awareness Week of October 6 to 12, 2013. It is designed to draw attention to this illness on a national level and to help educate the public about the different symptoms associated with depression, as well as effective treatment options.

Screening for depression can be done anonymously. It usually encompasses a number of questions designed to evaluate your mental health and help spot some early signs of trouble.

Some of these questions are[2]:

  • Have you experienced changes in appetite resulting in weight loss or gains unrelated to dieting?
  • Are you suffering from insomnia or oversleeping?
  • Are you experiencing loss of energy and/or increase fatigue?
  • Are you more restless and get irritated often?
  • Are you experiencing feelings of worthlessness or guilt?
  • Are you having difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions?
  • Have you had thoughts of death or suicide?

The answers to these and other questions are not a definite diagnosis. You should still reach out to your doctor or medical professional who can use this information to reach a proper diagnosis and provide referral information for treatment.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, the Screening For Mental Health, Inc website offers a quick anonymous self-assessment that can help you asses your emotional health: http://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org/

“Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body”

  1. http://www.nami.org/factsheets/mentalillness_factsheet.pdf
  2. http://www.psychiatry.org/depression

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