By Sue Danielson
Free Depression Screenings to Be Offered in October
National Depression Screening Day is an annual event held each October on the Thursday of Mental Illness Awareness Week. While it is not known what causes depression, there are certain risk factors that can make someone more susceptible:
- having biological relatives with depression
- being female
- traumatic childhood experiences
- experiencing stressful life events
- having few friends
- recently giving birth
- past history of depression
- having a serious illness
- certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem, being self-critical, or overly dependent on others
- abusing drugs or alcohol
- taking certain types of medications
Having one or more of the above risk factors is not a guarantee that someone will develop depression. They are just at a greater risk. Symptoms of depression may include depressed mood, decreased interest or pleasure in daily activities, weight changes, sleep disturbances, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating or making decisions and thoughts of suicide or death.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, get help. There are many available resources in the La Crosse community. A good place to start is your family physician. Other resources can be found locally by calling 2-1-1 or contacting health services at ext. 3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a Viterbo student, contact counseling services at ext. 3825 to set up an appointment.
Health services will offer confidential Depression and Anxiety Screening on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union, and 2–4 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Foyer, and on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Mathy Center. It only takes a few minutes and you will be eligible to sign up to win gift cards.