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Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed or unable to do the things you once enjoyed? Do you feel sad while others around you seem to be happy with life?
If you are experiencing these types of feelings, know that you are not alone: About 18.8 million other Americans are experiencing similar depressive feelings. But, due to stigma and other factors, less than half are actually seeking treatment.
Do not be someone who lets depression take over. If you have been experiencing signs of depression, it may be time to assess your emotional health and seek help. Mark Oct. 10, 2013, on your calendar as the date you will take the next step and get screened for depression.
Oct. 10 marks National Depression Screening Day, an annual day during Mental Health Awareness Week which raises awareness and screens people for depression and other related mood and anxiety disorders. An organization called Screening for Mental Health is offering free, anonymous online screenings for depression. The website also provides information about in-person screening events taking place across the United States.
Since 1991, thousands of organizations nationwide have hosted National Depression Screening Day events, including hospitals, community centers, social service agencies, government organizations, older adult facilities, colleges and military installations. After completing a screening, participants can receive referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment if needed.
If you feel that you may be suffering from depression, it’s important to obtain a proper diagnosis in order to obtain effective treatment. Take the next step by completing an anonymous self-assessment.
Source: Screening for Mental Health
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