The month of October is National Depression & Mental Health Screening month. This time of observance is used to bring awareness to depression and mental health awareness. It is also used to highlight the need for affordable and accessible mental health screenings. The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), found that 8.4% of adults in the US experienced at least one major depressive episode. It has also been found that 1 in 5 US adults experience a mental health illness each year. These statistics show the prevalence of mental health illnesses and the importance of screenings.
Signs of mental illnesses and the possible need for a mental health screening:
- Problems sleeping
- Changes in eating habits
- Anger or irritability
- Excessive worry, sadness, or fear
- Substance abuse
- Self harm or suicidal thoughts
- Loss of interest in daily life and activities
- Mood swings
- Avoidance of social situations
- Problems concentrating
- Lack of energy
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
The first step in finding help for yourself or a loved one is being aware and knowing the signs of depression or other mental health illnesses. The next step is taking action by reaching out to a professional who can provide a mental health screening that will help in any diagnosis or treatment plan. Treatments can include therapy, medications, or non-invasive treatments like NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy.
If the signs of depression or other mental health illnesses are resonating with you or a loved one, please reach out to us at Embracing Life Wellness Center. We are always here to offer compassionate care when it is needed the most.
Begin with taking our self-assessment health questionnaire.