Depression

Studies show that behavioral health services may be helpful if you have any of the following symptoms EVERY DAY FOR A TWO WEEK DURATION.

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Excessive sleep
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

All of us have experienced one or more of these symptoms at various times in our lives. This is part of the human experience. However, the marker that any of these symptoms may be problematic is in the frequency and duration of the symptom(s).

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In 2014, around 15.7 million adults age 18 or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, which represented 6.7 percent of all American adults. At any point in time, 3 to 5 percent of adults suffer from major depression; the lifetime risk is about 17 percent. As many as 2 out of 100 young children and 8 out of 100 teens may have serious depression. Help is available if any of these symptoms is interfering with the quality of your life.”

Please seek help from a physician or therapist if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, EVERY DAY FOR A TWO WEEK DURATION.  Please go to the nearest ER if you are having thoughts of harming yourself.

 

A Screening for Depression can be found on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

(ADAA) website using this link: https://www.adaa.org.

Additional information on depression can be found at http://www.nimh.nih.gov

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