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Economic Crisis Making You Anxious or Depressed?
Date:10/8/2008

A normal reaction to stressful events or something more? Learn more at National Depression Screening Day(R) on October 10th

BOSTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the crisis on Wall Street, a boom of home foreclosures, and high energy and food prices throughout the country, no one can blame you for feeling anxious or overwhelmed. These days it is common and understandable to be angry, worried and even gloomy, especially if you lost your retirement fund, your job, your house, or are stressed about paying the bills.

Worry, anger and stress are normal, appropriate and even necessary during life's difficult moments. But when negative feelings prevent you from doing your daily activities or interacting with friends and loved ones, it might be time to seek help.

National Depression Screening Day, held on October 10th at over a thousand sites nationwide, provides the opportunity to gauge your emotional health and speak with a health professional about your personal concerns -- all for free. At this public event, you can fill-out an anonymous questionnaire to see if you might suffer from depression or a related disorder and learn how to get help. Each participating location offers a wide range of educational resources, geared toward a variety of audiences -- so you can attend a screening event if you're concerned for yourself, or if you're worried about someone close to you. To find a site near you or to take a screening online, visit http://www.MentalHealthScreening.org.

Some facts about emotional health and the economy:

-- According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological

Association, as many as 80 percent of Americans are stressed about their

personal finances and the economy.

-- Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults

or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given

year.

-- Trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful

situation may trigger a depressive episode. Subsequent depressive

episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.

-- Depressive disorders costs U.S. employers more than $51 billion per year

in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and

pharmaceutical bills.

-- More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be

successfully treated. With early recognition, intervention, and support,

most individuals can lead productive lives.

"We live in an emotionally draining world. Whether the cause is the economic crisis, personal trauma or simply the day-to-day grind, stress, depression and anxiety prevent millions of Americans from enjoying their lives to the fullest," said Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder of National Depression Screening Day. "By attending a screening event, individuals can have the opportunity to talk to a mental health professional about their personal concerns confidentially and for free," says Jacobs.

For more information about National Depression Screening Day, to locate a site that is offering screening on October 10th or to take a screening online, visit http://www.MentalHealthScreening.org.

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. is the non-profit organization that first introduced the concept of large-scale mental health screenings with its flagship program National Depression Screening Day in 1991. SMH programs now include both in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide prevention. SMH programs have been used by hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, government agencies, older adult facilities, primary care clinicians, colleges, secondary schools, corporations, military installations and HMOs, reaching individuals ranging from teens to older adults.


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