Today is National Depression Screening Day. As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, this date is designated as a time for individuals to find out if they or a loved one might be affected by depression. Depression affects an estimated 19 MILLION adults each year and approximately ONE in FIVE teens, but TWO THIRDS of those affected fail to seek treatment. Because depression so often masks itself as physical ailments, anger, or substance abuse, it is one of the most under-diagnosed health problems in our country today. That’s particularly a shame because over 80 PERCENT of individuals with depression respond successfully to treatment.
Mental Health America has provided a simple depression screening tool that you can take at home. If your score points to a possible problem, we encourage you to seek out further information and assistance at your local mental health center, crisis line, or with your personal physician.