Not all wounds are physical. Depression, PTSD and related mood disorders can not be seen on an x-ray. Yet mental illness is just as painful. And the stigma associated with the disease often prevents many from seeking help and getting treated. National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) gives people access to an anonymous validated, screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. Visit www.HelpYourSelfHelpOthers.orgto find a local organization offering depression and anxiety screenings or take a screening online today.
This Depression Checklist can help you understand what depression is. Sometimes you may be so used to being depressed it may be hard for you to recognize it!
Given how prevalent and unaddressed depression is it makes sense to offer in person and online opportunities to see if this is an issue for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 9 percent of adults in the United States suffer from depression, including 3.4 percent who meet the criteria for major depression. In my work with trauma survivors I am well aware that symptoms of depression often go hand in hand with other things like PTSD or dissociative disorders.
Untreated, depression can have many serious consequences including impact on physical health, social isolation, impaired work and/or school performance, substance abuse and suicide. The good news is that treatment is available and effective.
If you think depression may be an issue for you please seek help today!
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately at your nearest emergency room or crisis line.
National Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK