We know about the importance of health screenings for conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

But what about depression?

According to Mental Health America, major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, but screening for depression is not as common as for other illnesses.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Who should get screened?

Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that can lead to diminished quality of life or suicide. It affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups, but only about one-third of people who suffer from depression seek help.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it's important to follow up with a mental health provider.

Sometimes it can be hard or scary to reach out. You can always send an email or have a friend/family member call for you to get things started.

Remember, depression is an illness, not a weakness. Therapy can help you get back on your feet.