Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October 8 is National Depression Screening Day

Man holding a red unhappy face sign
Man holding a red unhappy face sign

Over 16 million American adults are affected by major depression each year. But only a third of those with severe depression seek appropriate treatment, perhaps because they do not know that it is affecting them, or they believe that this feeling is “just a normal part of life.”

Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that can complicate other medical conditions. It can also lead to suicide if not treated. With so many adults dealing with depression, it is important to recognize the impact of this disabling condition, not only on the person dealing with it directly, but also on family, friends, and coworkers. Clinical depression can affect anyone.

National Depression Screening Day is held every year on October 8 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Increased awareness of mental illnesses such as depression can fight stigma and help those with the condition recognize that they are not alone.

Major depression is a type of mental illness; it is not simply feeling sad or down. Know the symptoms of major depressive disorder. If you have several of these symptoms, consider taking a free anonymousonline depression screening test.

However, remember that online tests are not professional diagnoses. Share the results of an online test with a medical professional for appropriate follow up on your mental health concerns.

Screening for depression is the first step toward getting appropriate care.

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