The symptoms of depression are recognizable and military families are not immune. So, if you are experiencing any of these feelings, take the anonymous, online screening as the next step.
You may be depressed if you are experiencing:
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Decreased energy; feeling tired all the time
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide; suicide attempts
Today, Thursday, October 11, 20012, is National Depression Screening Day. Military Pathways, a Department of Defense funded initiative, is offering anonymous, online mental health screenings at:
Service members, veterans and their families can access the site 24/7 to see if they have symptoms of depression, PTSD or a related disorder. More importantly, you can find information on how and where to get help.
It’s been said before and repeated many times — but it’s important to note:
Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Since 2006, more than 250,000 screenings have been completed online at www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org.