Feeling Blue, Anxious, or Sad? It Might be Depression

McLean Hospital to hold free depression screening on Oct. 6

September 22, 2011

In honor of the 21st anniversary of National Depression Screening Day, Harvard affiliate McLean Hospital will conduct depression screenings on Thursday, October 6 from 6pm to 8pm at the Watertown Free Public Library at 123 Main Street, Watertown. The free and confidential screenings will help individuals identify whether they may have depression and what steps they need to take to obtain proper treatment.

Signs of depression include: Persistent, sad, anxious, or empty mood. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities. Decreased energy or a feeling of fatigue. Restlessness or irritability. Inability to sleep or oversleeping. Changes in appetite or weight. Thoughts of death or suicide.

The confidential screenings include a written self-test, an educational presentation and a one-on-one interview with a McLean health professional to review screening results.

For more information on the free McLean screenings, call 617.855.2110. To locate the screening site closest to you, visit mentalhealthscreening.org.

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