Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders Screenings
Depression is very treatable, with the overwhelming majority of those who seek treatment showing improvement. The most commonly used treatments are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. The choice of treatment depends on the pattern, severity, persistence of depressive symptoms and the history of the illness. As with many illnesses, early treatment is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious recurrences. Depression must be treated by a physician or qualified mental health professional.
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Depression Screening: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screen/patient-health
Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as a big exam, business presentation or first date. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that cause people to feel frightened, distressed and uneasy for no apparent reason. Left untreated, these disorders can dramatically reduce productivity and significantly diminish an individual’s quality of life.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America; 18.1% of adults – more than 44 million – are affected by these debilitating illnesses each year. (Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence)
Anxiety Screening: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screen/anxiety
Mood disorders are a category of illnesses that describe a serious change in mood. Illness under mood disorders include: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder (mania – euphoric, hyperactive, over inflated ego, unrealistic optimism), persistent depressive disorder (long lasting low grade depression), cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder), and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
About 20% of the U.S. population reports at least one depressive symptom in a given month, and 12% report two or more in a year. A survey conducted in 1992 found rates of major depression reaching 5% in the previous 30 days, 17% for a lifetime. Bipolar disorder is less common, occurring at a rate of 1% in the general population, but some believe the diagnosis is often overlooked because manic elation is too rarely reported as an illness.
Mood Disorders Screening: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screen/mood-disorder