October is Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month

10/20/15 Laura Gibbons

Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. 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.

Mental Health America provides a variety of resources and tools, including mental health screenings. Screenings are often the first step in getting help.  Click here to take that first step and complete a screening. Your EAP is also a great resource to help you navigate through what you may be experiencing and provide the assistance needed.

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