National Depression Screening Day US

Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time - it's part of life. This week is US National Mental Illness Awareness week and given the week that’s in it October 9th also marks National Depression Screening Day which encourages people to take an anonymous screening for one of the following mood or anxiety disorders at www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org

Depression

Depression is a common mental health disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression (WHO). Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined. Depression is a treatable mental health disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Poor Concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hopelessness or guilt
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

For a complete list of symptoms visit: NAMI.org  

 

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a treatable illness defined by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. These changes are categorized into manic (high) and depressive (low) episodes, ranging from bursts of energy to deep despair. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Mania Symptoms:

Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
Impulsiveness, poor judgment, easily distracted
Reckless behavior

Depressive Symptoms:

Changes in sleep and appetite
Poor Concentration
Loss of energy
Loss of interest in usual activities
Low self-esteem
Hopelessness or guilt
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

For a complete list of symptoms visit: dbsalliance.org 

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder that involves chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Feeling of lack of control; there is nothing you can do to stop the worrying
  • A pervasive feeling of apprehension or dread
  • Inability to relax, enjoy quiet time, or be by yourself
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on things
  • Avoiding situations that make you anxious
  • Feeling tense; having muscle tightness or body aches
  • Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because your mind won’t quit
  • Feeling edgy, restless, or jumpy

For a complete list of symptoms visit: helpguide.org 

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event.

Some common symptoms include:

Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Irritability or outbursts of anger
Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)

For a complete list visit: helpguide.org 

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If you recognise that you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms related to any of these conditions please visit www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org for an anonymous screening. Up to 80 percent of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms generally within four to six weeks of beginning treatment (SMH). And remember acknowledgement of your symptoms and seeking help is the first step on the road to recovery.