Sunday, October 01, 2006

National Depression Screening Day

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In conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week, Thursday, October 5, 2006, has been designated National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). NDSD is a nationwide effort to promote awareness of mental health disorders and encourage people to seek help.

If you have experienced depression symptoms for two weeks or longer, you might be experiencing depression. The following link will direct you to a list of places where you can receive a free, confidential depression screening:

Listing of NDSD 2006 and Year Round Screening Sites

If you have even a vague feeling that you may be experiencing depression, please take this opportunity to have an assessment by a professional. I know it can be intimidating to seek out help, especially when you are deep in the throws of depression, but appropriate treatment can make a significant difference. It may help to know what you can expect at the screening:
What's a screening like?

First, and most importantly, all screenings are free and completely confidential. The screening is an opportunity to learn more about anxiety and mood disorders, complete a brief screening questionnaire, and speak one-on-one with a mental health professional. If appropriate, you may be referred for a complete evaluation and provided a list of clinicians or facilities in your area.

As part of the screening, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Complete a written screening questionnaire
  • Discuss the questionnaire and your results with a health professional
  • Receive a referral list to treatment centers in your area
  • Watch an educational video
  • Pick up some pamphlets and brochures
  • Fill out a "friends and family questionnaire" for a loved one

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