Many don't seek treatment for depression: Get screened Thursday
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:43:18 GMT —
It's a common problem, yet many people don't seek treatment for depression.
Tomorrow is National Depression Screening Day, a time to raise awareness about the condition and help those suffering from it get help.
One in 10 people report having symptoms of depression, but only 10 percent are getting treatment. Some of the signs include sadness, fatigue, loss of appetite, poor concentration, difficulty focusing at work and change in sleep problems.
"I seemed outwardly that I was possibly quite a hero and helping everyone and then one day I woke up and I just couldn't stop crying, " said Linda Engeler who was diagnosed with depression.
To help people like Linda, mental health specialists will be offering free anonymous screenings for depression across the country this month.
Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober says depression is an illness that often goes untreated. "Sometimes people are afraid to seek help because they feel they're going to be judged or stigmatized in some way," Dr. Bober said.
If you or someone you know is feeling down, you should take a simple screening test. Confidential screenings will take place in many communities, college campuses and military bases. Several screenings will take place locally. To find an event in your area, click here. You can also take the online screening by clicking here.
Learn more about depression here.
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