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October 11, 2018
Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-1695 (office); 402-405-7202 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
National Depression Screening Day is Today, Oct. 11
Lincoln – As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day is being held today, Thursday, Oct. 11.
“Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare – because there is no health without behavioral health,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Depression can also co-occur and complicate other medical conditions, and screenings are often the first step in getting help.”
While it’s natural for everyone to have the blues once in a while, the blues tend to disappear quickly and not prevent happiness long-term. The key component of depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness that exists most days for two weeks or longer.
Signs 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 hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed
Substantial decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling “slowed down”
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Substantial appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
Thoughts of death or suicide or actual suicide attempts
Restlessness or irritability
Some people may also experience certain persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. Those with clinical depression are also twice as likely to have heart attacks.
To take a free, anonymous depression screening test, visit http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org. Nebraskans can also access services through the Nebraska Family Helpline, 1-888-866-8660, and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).