September 25, 2018

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

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles-blog/men-depression

  • Depression and Mindfulness

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles-news/depression-mindfulness

  • Am I Blue or Am I Really Depressed

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles-blog/am-i-blue-or-am-i-really-depressed

  • Link Between Depression and Heart Disease

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles-blog/psychocardiology-link-between-depression-and-heart-disease