October 10 - National Depression Screening Day 2019

National Depression Screening Day is celebrated every year on 10th October to raise awareness related to depression.

October 10 - National Depression Screening Day 2019
National Depression Screening Day 2019

Every year National Depression Screening Day is absorbed annually on October 10. This particular awareness day is important for several reasons. First, it can assist many people make an informed diagnosis. Even it also drags depression out of the darkness. And perhaps most significant, it can bring awareness to those that actually need it.

Did you know…

  • In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
  • 70% of people tell someone or give warning signs before attempting suicide
  • It is experienced that suicide rates overall have increased by 24 % from 1999 to 2014
  • Depression is the primary cause of disability in the U.S. between the ages of 15 to 44
  • 16.2 million adults in the United States—equaling 6.7 percent of all adults in the country—have ever experienced a major depressive period in the past year

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hopelessness or guilt
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

National Depression Screening Day 2019

Why Screen for Depression?

  • Clinical depression is a serious medical sickness.
  • Clinical depression can even lead to suicide.
  • Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."
  • Clinical depression affects both men and women of all ages
  • But on the ground base, merely about a third (35.3%) of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional.
  • Depression can even trigger out other health issues and complicate other medical conditions.
  • Screenings for depression are often the first step in getting help.

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Who Should Get Screened?

People suffering from depression conditions often experience some of these major symptoms that include:

  • A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too little, early-morning awakening, or even sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed or be your habits
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

National Depression Screening Day

5 Signs It's Depression, Not Just Sadness

  1. You feel empty

Sadness can certainly be a sign, but once you start experiencing an empty feeling you might be able to tell that it's depression.

  1. You're way more irritable than usual

Feelings of restlessness or excessive irritability can be signs of depression.

  1. You're getting really thin

If you experience noteworthy weight loss without doing any weight loss exercise, or without a diet, you could be depressed.

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  1. You're thinking about death

If you find yourself focusing on death or suicide, with or without a specific plan, seek help. You may very likely be depressed.

  1. You're having trouble concentrating

Depression can make it harder for you to focus on tasks at hand and can also make it more difficult for you to make decisions.