National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 10th. Each year, more than half a million children and adults are screened for depression with this campaign.
Depression affects more than 120 million people worldwide and is the one of the leading causes of disability across the globe.
Why Screen for Depression?
- Depression is a serious, but treatable illness.
- Depression can lead to suicide.
- Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."
- Depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
- One in four women and one in 10 men will experience depression at some point during their lifetimes.
- 1 out of 40 babies, 4% of preschoolers, 5% of school aged children and 11% of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.
- Depression can complicate other medical conditions.
- More than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression can be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.
- Screenings are often the first step in getting help.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to assess your emotional health. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to complete an anonymous self-assessment here at HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org
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