October 9 has been designated as National Depression Screening Day and Debbie Green, president of Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, shares the importance of identifying and treating depression.
Identifying the signs of depression and, if diagnosed, receiving the proper care, are critical to living a healthy and productive life.
Unfortunately, our society has placed a negative stereotype on individuals needing treatment for mental health conditions. It’s this stigma that often prevents people from acknowledging their symptoms and eventually keeps them from receiving treatment for their illnesses.
Every year in North Carolina, 50 out of every 100,000 residents die of suicide. Many of these cases can be linked to some sort of mental illness or depression. A number of these individuals are silently suffering from their conditions, with little or absolutely no support.
Depression, also known as “the common cold” of mental health conditions, is more prevalent than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined. If left untreated, it can have very serious consequences, affecting ones ability to participate in everyday activities, develop and sustain healthy relationships and if chronic, can lead to suicide.
What If I Am Depressed?
Depression is a disease, it’s not caused by personal weakness and is not a character flaw. When you have depression, chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters are out of balance.
Depression causes adults and children to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It’s different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy.
Schedule Your Screening Today
Contact the Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital’s 24-Hour Hotline at 336-832-9700 or 800-711-2635. Our 24-hour, toll-free helpline is staffed by registered nurses and master’s level clinicians who specialize in behavioral health.
They offer immediate assistance and guidance for mental illness and substance abuse issues.
They also provide prompt in-person emergency assessments at our Behavioral Health Hospital.