Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:15 pm

Down looks like up to me

In one of this blog’s rare forays into public service, I’d like to announce that this Thursday, Oct. 9, is National Depression Screening Day, sponsored by the National Mental Health Alliance. The organization will have more than 3,000 sites nationwide where you can go to be screened for depression (and such related disorders as bipolar syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder). The organization estimates that more than 19 million Americans experience clinical depression in a given year, but only about half are getting treated. And of those with access to care, the organization says, only about 20 percent get appropriate treatment. (I’m not quite sure how those numbers reconcile, but I don’t have time to run it down at the moment.)

Some signs of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Sleeping too much or too little, waking up in the middle of the night or early morning
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (e.g. chronic pain or digestive disorders)
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

If you can’t get to a site, or don’t want to, you can be screened online, confidentially, at

More info at the association’s Web site:

Thank you. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blather.

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