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McLean Hospital will offer free depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Tuesday, October 9 from 6pm to 8pm at the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston Street.
Each confidential screening includes a written self-test, an educational presentation and a one-on-one interview with a McLean health professional to review screening results.
“Depression is a pervasive and under-diagnosed illness, and it’s difficult for some people to identify the signs,” said Randy P. Auerbach, PhD, director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Laboratory at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School. “But while major depression can be debilitating, it’s important for people to know that with proper screening and treatment, depression is highly treatable.”
Depression strikes more than 18 million American each year. Symptoms include prolonged periods of hopelessness, restlessness, irritability, changes in sleep or appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide. The good news is that depression is successfully treated in 80% of diagnosed cases.
For more information about the free McLean screenings, call 617.855.2110. To locate other screening sites, call 1.800.520.6373.