You may find it helpful to refer to this list of some common symptoms of depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
- Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Restlessness or irritability
- Inability to sleep or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Thoughts of death or suicide
One of the big aims of the screening campaign is to prevent suicide. You can view a suicide risk questionnaire to assess the signs someone you care about may be considering suicide at this link: Stop a Suicide. You may want to familiarize yourself with some basic facts about suicide:
- 70% of people who die by suicide tell someone about it in advance, and most are not in treatment.
- Those who have made serious attempts are at much higher risk for actually taking their lives. Between 20 and 40% of people who kill themselves have previously attempted suicide.
- Nearly 50% of suicide victims have a positive blood alcohol level.
- Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed.
- Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often is expressed instead as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyable.
- Sometimes those contemplating suicide talk as if they are saying goodbye or going away forever.
For more information, visit:
Mental Health America: National Screening Depression Day
Screening for Mental Health
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