Cincinnati--Free, anonymous, depression screenings will be available
11 a.m.-7 p.m. October 10 in honor of National Depression Screening Day
(NDSD) at the UC Physicians at University Pointe, 7700 University Ct.,
West Chester, Ohio. Depression symptoms include feelings of sadness and
hopelessness, loss of pleasure in usual activities, changes in sleep
and appetite, vague aches and pains, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression is an extremely common condition, affecting 17-20 million
Americans each year.
Manic-depression symptoms include depression
symptoms accompanied by mood swings. The high or manic state may be
pleasurable or tense and irritable. Lapses in judgment are common, as
is decreased need for sleep, rapid speech, abuse of drugs or alcohol
and sometimes hallucinations. Unlike depression, which occurs more
often in women, manic-depression occurs nearly equally in men and women.
70 percent of people with depression also have anxiety symptoms.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry over
everyday things and can be very hard to spot because it is not as
dramatic an illness as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a
condition which is often experienced in the aftermath of a trauma.
Generalized anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as
nausea and sweating. The intensity and constancy of the anxiety
interferes with daily functioning. PTSD often involves recurrent dreams
of the traumatic event, outbursts of anger, inability to sleep,
attempts to avoid anything that reminds the person of the trauma and a
general numbness or detachment. Symptoms of PTSD can appear at any age
and often don't appear until several months after the incident. Both
PTSD and generalized anxiety are often accompanied by depression.
attending the event will have the opportunity to complete a written
screening test and talk one-on-one with a mental health professional.
Free educational materials and referrals will also be available.
National Depression Screening Day is a program of the nonprofit
organization Screening for Mental Health (SMH).For more information call Diana Foltz, (513) 558-1133 or the national NDSD, (781) 239-0071.