View Full Version : National Depression Screening Day

10-05-05, 12:09 AM
Depression often unseen, untreated

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day, an opportunity for people to get free assistance in determining if they suffer from a simple case of the "blues" or something more serious.

Mental health experts say, at any given time, a little under 10 percent of the adult population struggles with depression. It's nothing to be ashamed of, rather it is a treatable illness that affects men and women from all walks of life. Depression involves the body, mood, and thoughts and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself and the way one thinks about things. It's not the same as a period of feeling "blue." Not does it mean a person is weak because he or she can't feel better on his or her own. In fact, people with a depressive illness cannot merely will the disorder away. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

According to, most people never seek treatment for their depression, which is unfortunate because it can take a huge toll on their personal and professional lives. A variety of treatments, including medications and behavioral therapies, have become available, thanks to decades of research.

Some symptoms of depression include:

Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood

Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex

Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping

Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain

Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts

Restlessness, irritability

Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain As part of National Depression Screening Day, many mental health centers provide free testing and referrals to services. For more information, check out or call your local mental health care provider.

10-05-05, 12:13 AM
We haven't participated in that in a while.

The 2 or 3 times I've done it at either the main medical clinic or at our facility, very few people came.

I think it's a great idea that needs to continue.

I wish the same kind of PR/Public Serive message could also
be developed to disseminate more "real" info about ADHD.

I don't know if we're participating or not. Hope so tho, the cookies are always excellent.:)

Thanks for the post.