National Depression Screening Day

National Depression Screening Day

October 8, 2015

By: Staci Lee Schnell, M.S.,C.S.,LMFT


National Depression Screening Day

Today, October 8, 2015 is National Depression Screening Day. Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. Depression is a condition in which a person can feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. Major depression affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and functions in their daily life.  It is however, a treatable illness. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of one’s healthcare.


Why Screen for Depression?

  • Depression is a serious medical illness.
  • Clinical Depression can lead to suicide.
  • Depression is not a normal part of life.
  • Clinical Depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
  • Depression can occur with and complicate other medical conditions.
  • Clinical Depression can be treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
  • Screenings are the first step in getting help.


Who Should Get Screened?

People suffering from Depression often experience some of these key symptoms:


  • Sad, Anxious or Numb Feelings
  • Sleep Issues (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Appetite Issues (loss of appetite or increased appetite)
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of Interest
  • Lack of Focus
  • Lack of Energy
  • Thoughts of Death or Suicidal Thoughts


Online Depression Screenings:

Depression Screening from Mental Health America:

Depression Screening from Anxiety and Depression Association of America:


Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings merely point out if depressive symptoms are apparent. One should see a doctor or a qualified mental health professional if experiencing depressive symptoms for more than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life.




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