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In the U.S., almost one in 10 adults has depression but more than half of those suffering never seek treatment. Screening for depression and other mood disorders is important as it allows individuals to identify warning signs early, and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery.

National Depression Screening and Awareness Month, observed each October by Community Counseling Services, serves as a time for citizens to openly discuss depression and actively learn how to seek help. Community Counseling Services has launched a new online program allowing the public to access free, anonymous mental health screenings at www.MentalHealthScreening.org/screening/CCS.

While depression is finally “out of the shadows,” many who suffer from it – or exhibit symptoms may indicate the presence of depression – still feel self-conscious or embarrassed about getting a diagnosis or seeking treatment. Fortunately, the Internet Age has made things simpler and less stressful. Anyone can go online, 24/7, and take a free, anonymous, screening for depression. While not diagnostic, these self-assessments give a good indication of whether you should seek further help.

“Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of American adults will develop a mental illness in their lifetime,” says Jackie Edwards, Executive Director of Community Counseling Services.

“It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of depression, such as changes in appetite, loss of energy or loss of interest in your usual activities, as well as the necessary steps you can take to improve your health.”

The screening website will be available to the public until September 2013; please note the address, www.MentalHealthScreening.org/screening/CCS, to share with family and friends. Community Counseling Services is a comprehensive community mental health center providing quality mental health through diversified services. For more information about our programs, call 524-4347 or visit www.ccsms.org.


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