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National Depression Screening Day

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UPDATED: 10.6.14

CONTACT: John Shelley

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Holidays are a stressful time of the year. Many of us travel, have friends or family visit, and spend more money than usual. These stressors can impact our mental health. Mental health is often something that is overlooked but it is just as important as your physical health. One of the most common mental health issues is depression. Depression effects just under 7% of the U.S. population.

Think you or someone you love might be depressed?

Some signs of depression are

  • Fatigue
  • No appetite or can’t stop eating
  • No motivation
  • Crying easily
  • Feeling of loss
  • Withdrawn, quiet or alone
  • Tense or irritable
  • Feeling like a failure, worthless
  • Hard to concentrate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Body aches

It is a great time to take control of your mental health and get screened. If you or a loved one think they have depression make sure you get screened by your doctor or local health care provider.  Also, check out our other helpful depression resources. [1]

 

[1] Resources: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-and-diabetes/index.shtml