How Depression Affects All Walks of Life

Depression is a common medical condition affecting individuals from all walks of life and all social, economic and ethnic groups.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 19 million adults in the United States are currently living with depression and many more could be suffering, but are unaware the way they are feeling is a treatable condition.

National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 10 and provides members of the general public with the opportunity to determine if they may be experiencing symptoms associated with depression.

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On this day, more than a thousand community-based organizations, colleges and military installations will provide screenings at in-person events or online.

Symptoms of depression can be debilitating and include feelings of intense sadness, irritability, changes in eating and sleeping habits and a loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.

For people who do not know the signs and symptoms of depression, it can be difficult to understand what it means to be depressed.

Occasionally having the ‘blues’ or feeling moments of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal, however, if these feelings last for more than two weeks, it is an indication you may be suffering depression.

To find an in-person event site or to access an online screening, visit www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.

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