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National Depression Screening Day
Roughly 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with depression or anxiety. Not to mention the family, friends, and coworkers that are also impacted. National Depression Screening Day is held annually on October 8. It’s important for many reasons. First, it can help people make an informed diagnosis. It also drags depression out of the darkness. And perhaps most important, it can bring help to those that need it.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY
Learn something new
For those suffering symptoms, use National Depression Screening Day as a chance to learn how to manage them. For those who do not suffer from depression, learn how to help someone else.
Reach out to someone
Most people probably know someone suffering from depression. Reach out to them and let them know you support their battle.
Contribute to the fight
Whether or not you suffer from depression, use this day to fight back. Learn about volunteer opportunities. Or just write a Facebook post about the battle against depression — and let others know you understand and care.
5 SIGNS IT’S DEPRESSION, NOT JUST SADNESS
You feel empty
Sadness can certainly be a sign, but once you start experiencing an empty feeling you might be able to tell that it’s depression.
You’re way more irritable than usual
Feelings of restlessness or excessive irritability can be signs of depression.
You’re getting really thin
If you experience significant weight loss without trying, or without a diet, you could be depressed.
You’re thinking about death
If you find yourself focusing on death or suicide, with or without a specific plan, seek help. You may very likely be depressed.
You’re having trouble concentrating
Depression can make it harder for you to focus on tasks at hand and can also make it more difficult for you to make decisions.
WHY NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY IS IMPORTANT
Am I depressed?
Health care professionals meet with people who are suffering symptoms to help them understand their feelings and diagnose their condition.
It spreads resources
Teaching everyone about the signs, symptoms and effects of depressions helps us understand. It also puts helpful resources in the hands of more people. Even those who aren’t suffering from depression can be impacted by it.
It fights a stigma
Depression and anxiety disorders are still largely viewed as something to hide. On this day, communities come together to learn about depression together. All of this helps fight the negative stigmas around depression.
Source: National Day
MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING TOOL
Mental Health America’s screening tools provide an anonymous, free and private way to learn about your mental health and if you are showing warning signs of a mental illness.
A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health