Work/Life Connections–EAP recommends annual depression checkup

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Oct. 5 is National Depression Screening Day, which serves as a reminder that clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 20 million American adults each year. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of health care.

Work/Life Connections–EAP recommends that employees take a little time out of their day to complete a brief, anonymous and free depression screening using its Depression Screening Assessment Checklist.

Why is this important?

  • Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
  • Clinical depression can lead to suicide.
  • Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a “normal part of life.”
  • Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
  • One in four women and one in 10 men will experience depression at some point during their lifetimes.
  • Two-thirds of those suffering from the illness do not seek the necessary treatment.
  • Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions.
  • More than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression can be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.

Other resources from Work/Life Connections-EAP

Wellcast: “Am I Blue or Am I Really Depressed?”

From the Resource Library: Depression

Please note: A screening is not a professional diagnosis. Please consult with licensed professionals if you think you meet criteria for major depressive disorder or any other psychological disorder. Work/Life Connections-EAP’s licensed clinicians support faculty and staff who are dealing with personal or workplace stress. To schedule a confidential appointment, call 615-936-1327.