Got the Blues? You Are Not Alone


Ever feel like you are the only one who is sad in a world of happy people? Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time – it’s part of life. These feelings often happen when you a lose a job, children move away from home, during divorce, with a death in the family, or during retirement. But when changes in mood and behavior interfere with one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities, it could be a sign of depression.

This week, communities across the country are raising awareness about depression and mental illness. National Depression Screening Day, October 6, 2011, gives people the opportunity to take a free, anonymous questionnaire assessing their risk for mood and anxiety disorders and provides referral information for treatment.

5 things to know about depression:
1. Common symptoms

2. Treatment options

3. How you can help yourself

4. Contributors to depression in women

5. Depression is NOT a normal part of aging

 Click here to read on.


4 things to do:
1. Test your knowledge of depression.

2. Assess your risk for depression, anonymously.

3. Understand depression in the elderly.

4. Learn about Meriter’s Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry programs. Offering help and hope during life’s troubling times.

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