Sunday, October 05, 2008

Friday, October 10 is National Depression Screening Day

This year, Friday October 10 will be National Depression Screening Day.

Fifteen years ago this month, the medical school that I was attending at the time was one of the screening sites for National Depression Screening Day. I went for kicks. I mean, I already knew that I was depressed for most of my life, so they weren't going to tell me anything that I didn't already know. They gave me a multiple-choice test; I sat down and took the test. Took maybe 15, 20 minutes tops to complete it. The test results were discussed with me right afterward, and it was strongly suggested that I seek professional advice. Okay, THAT part, I didn't know. Not long afterward, I saw a psychiatrist and was formally diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

Screening sites are located across the country. The cost is FREE. You may also choose to take the screening online.

If you are at all curious, please take an hour out of your busy schedule and get screened.

3 comments:

Dwayne from Probably Sucks Blog said...

It'll be good to live to see this day. That is if I don't kill myself before October 10th from my depression illness.

Eva J. Mah said...

Dwayne,

I published your comment to highlight the fact that clinical depression is no laughing matter.


Being quite sarcastic myself, I am sure your comment was made tongue-in-cheek.

If it was not, I hope you do decide to seek professional help.

National Depression Screening Day said...

Thank you for you help in spreading the word of the importance of screening.