Mental Health Screenings
Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice. Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare.
Screenings are available for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.
Who should take the depression screening?
- A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
- Sleeping too little, early morning awakening or sleeping too much
- Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Restlessness or irritability
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Screenings are not a professional diagnosis.
Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms. You should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional if you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine. Call today for your free confidential depression screening at 1-800-395-4435 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also contact the Trillium Center at Baptist Health Corbin for more information.