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

d 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 cen
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