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Today is National Depression Screening Day

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 16 million Americans each year—with just one-third of those individuals seeking help from a mental health professional. Depression occurs in people throughout the life span, of all genders, and of all races.  

Just as medical professionals screen for physical health concerns, it is important to screen regularly for mental health concerns like depression. Though depression screenings are not a professional evaluation, they can assist in spotting early signs of depression and helping people seek treatment earlier. Online screenings for depression are offered by Mental Health America and MindWise Innovations.   

What are some signs of depression? 

  • Loss of pleasure and interest in activities 
  • Persistent sad, irritable, or anxious mood 
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling hopeless, guilty, or worthless 
  • Difficulty concentrating, inability to remember things or make decisions  
  • Sleeping too much or too little 
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain 
  • Thoughts of death or suicide 

If you or someone you know has been experiencing several of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if they are severe enough to interfere with daily routines, you may need further professional evaluation. You can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline to find treatment near you.