2017 National Depression Screening Day is October 5th, and Mental Health America Middle Tennessee encourages all Tennesseans to get screened for this very common, yet highly treatable condition. Visit our website for access to several free screenings, as well as mental health professionals who can help.

Depression is a treatable mental health disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Poor Concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hopelessness or guilt
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

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Facts about Depression (httpss://mentalhealthscreening.org):

General

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.
  • Depression affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year.
  • Only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it, and only one fifth receive treatment aligned with current practice guidelines.
  • Up to 80% of those who receive treatment for depression show an improvement in symptoms, usually within four to six weeks, of beginning treatment.

Youth

  • About 20% of young people will experience depression in their teen years, and 10% – 15% of teens will have symptoms of depression at any given time.
  • About 30% of teens with depression develop problems with substance abuse.
  • Depression in youth can lead to problems at school, running away, low self-esteem, eating disorders, self-injury, or disinterest in career or educational opportunities.
  • Three times more female adolescents developed depression than their male counterparts.
  • About 8% of teens suffer with depression for at least a year at a time, compared to the roughly 5% of the general population.
  • On average, 64% of youths with major depression don’t receive mental health treatment.

Men

  • The lifetime rate of depression is 8% in men and 12% in women, but the difference may be due to fewer men seeking help for depression.
  • Men are more likely to seek treatment for the physical symptoms of depression, rather than the typical symptoms associated with the disorder.
  • Men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35, although middle aged men have the highest risk of death by suicide.

Veterans

  • Veterans have a rate of suicide 50% higher than the rate among other civilians with similar demographic characteristics.
  • About 50% of veterans who need mental health services seek it out, but only a little more than half of those veterans receive adequate care.
  • In 2005, 22% of veterans sought mental health treatment through the private sector rather than from the VA.

The Veterans Crisis Line (800-273-8255, Press 1), has had more than 2 million callers since it was established in 2007, with nearly a quarter of