Free depression screening at Covenant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/6/09

Free depression screening at Covenant

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Depression is an illness, not a weakness and on our news at five, Ron Rains, Director of Covenant's Behavioral Services told us it's more common than you might think.  "In your lifetime, you have a very very good chance of being touched by depression somewhere or another.  Basically six out of ten people at least encounter it in some fashion," said Ron Rains.

This Thursday is National Depression Screening Day and Covenant is providing free and confidential screenings Thursday at its Southwest Medical Plaza on 98th and Slide from 8:30 to 5:30.  No appointment is necessary, but for more information you can call 725-6358.

Tips from Covenant Behavioral Health Services on Depression

Sometimes, on bad days, it's inevitable.  Negative thoughts just pour out of you:  "There's no point in trying."  "Can't anything go right in my life?"  "It probably won't work out."   

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

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