Depression screening day

October 04, 1998

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day, marked by various Baltimore-area health services offering free screenings for depression, which affects 16 million Americans. To find a screening near you, call 800-573-4433.

The screenings, intended to gauge need for further evaluation, involves taking the following questionnaire, developed by Dr. Douglas G. Jacobs of Wellesley, Mass., director of National Depression Screening Day. It is designed to be used in conjunction with an evaluation by a health care professional.

1. I feel sad most of the time.

2. I have trouble doing or enjoying the things I used to do.

3. I sleep too little or too much.

4. I notice I am losing weight and/or my appetite.

5. I can't make decisions.

6. I feel hopeless and/or worthless.

7. I get tired for no reason.

8. I think about killing myself.

If you answered yes to five or more of these questions, and you have felt this way every day for several weeks, you may be suffering from clinical depression. If you answered yes to No. 8, seek health care immediately.

Sheppard Pratt Health System is also offering free public lectures Thursday:

* "Depression in Children," by Dr. Michael Bogrov, outpatient director and inpatient service chief of child and adolescent psychiatry; 7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St. (Screenings will also be at the Conference Center, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.) Information: 410-938-3120.

* "Depression: Treatments and Transformations," by psychiatrist Mark T. Palermo, 7:30 p.m. at Bibelot, Woodholme, 1819 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information: 410-938-3120.

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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