Online depression self-assessment available
October is Depression Awareness Month. It serves as a reminder that clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 16 million adults in the U.S. each year. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of health care.
While it is important to seek professional assessment and treatment, you and your loved ones can start by completing an anonymous, on-line screening year-round at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/depression-self-assessment
You are not alone.
- Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups.
- One in six people will experience depression at some point during their lifetime.
- Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."
- Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
- Depression can co-occur with and complicate other medical conditions.
- More than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression respond well to treatment.
- With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with depression will recover from it.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327.
Other resources from Work/Life Connections-EAP:
- Men and Depression
- Depression and Mindfulness
- Am I Blue or Am I Really Depressed
- Link Between Depression and Heart Disease