Covenant participates in National Depression Screening Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/5/09

Covenant participates in National Depression Screening Day

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Covenant Health System Behavioral Health Services is hosting a National Depression Screening Day event on Oct. 8th.

Screenings will be offered from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Covenant Southwest Medical Park, 9812 Slide Road. Depression is a serious biologic disease that affects millions of people each year. According to statistics, an estimated 33 to 35 million people will likely experience depression at some point during their lifetime. 

As part of the program, participants will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; learn about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. Participants will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any concerns they may have.

For many people, pessimism can be a source of sardonic humor and even a coping mechanism.  Individuals that fall into this category may feel that they are actually avoiding disappointments by preparing for the worst.  But if your Debbie Downer attitude interferes with everyday activities and interpersonal relationships, it may mean more than just a temperamental trait.  Having a negative outlook on life can be a sign of depression or can increase the chances of becoming depressed. 

Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Inability to sleep or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Unexplained aches and pains

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