October 6 is National Depression Screening Day

October 6 is National Depression Screening Day.

Like any other health screening --- such as those for cancer and diabetes --- depression screening should be a routine part of healthcare.

Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that affects millions of Americans each year. It can occur alongside other medical conditions, often complicating them further. Many people dismiss the symptoms of depression as a "normal" part of their life, and only about a third of those who suffer from it seek professional help.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sadness or anxiousness
  • Too little sleep...or too much sleep
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Difficulty focusing or making decisions
  • Fatigue
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you experience these or similar symptoms for longer than two weeks, or if these symptoms are strong enough to interfere with your daily routine, consider seeing a doctor or qualified mental health professional for assistance.

If you or someone you know is feeling vulnerable or suicidal, call 988, the national number for all mental health, substance use, and suicide crises. There are also crisis numbers in Alabama for everyone from kids to senior citizens. Visit Crisis Numbers for a list.


Mental Health America