Sioux Valley is offering screening for depression

Sioux Valley is offering screening for depression Between 17 and 20 million Americans each year develop some form of depression. People with depression often feel alone, not realizing that depression affects many people. In fact, one out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives.

Depression can leave people feeling so bad that they forget what it feels like to feel good. Recognizing that depression is one of the most treatable of illnesses, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center is offering free, confidential depression screenings on Oct. 11 � National Depression Screening Day.

Common symptoms of clinical depression include:

* Persistent, sad, anxious, or "empty" mood

* Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, helplessness, and worthlessness

* Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities

* Sleeping too much or too little

* Changes in appetite

* Decreased energy, fatigue, and feeling "slowed down"

* Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempt

* Increased restlessness and irritability

* Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

* Physical symptoms � such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain � that don't respond to medical treatment.

Veronica Schmidt, licensed clinical social worker at SVVMC, urges those who are experiencing any of the above symptoms to call for an appointment.

"The great majority of people with clinical depression can be treated successfully with medication, psychotherapy, or with a combination of both," Schmidt.

The screenings are being held Oct. 11 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. Call 624-9111 to schedule a 15-minute appointment.

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