Depression - What You Need To Know
Since 1992, this effort has helped hundreds of thousands across the country recognize depression, get needed treatment, and resume productive, fulfilling lives. At the local level, the Campaign draws strength from 60 local mental health associations in 34 states that bring the Campaign's education programs, advocacy activities and screenings directly and effectively to their local communities. The Campaign works closely with the Screening for Mental Health, Inc. to coordinate hundreds of sites for National Depression Screening Day and promote year-round screenings in local communities across the country.
Basic Facts About Clinical Depression:
Treatments for Clinical Depression:
Clinical depression is very treatable, with more than 80% 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.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression:
If you have five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you could have clinical depression and should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional for help.
Causes of Clinical Depression:
Many things can contribute to clinical depression. For some people, a number of factors seem to be involved, while for others a single factor can cause the illness. Oftentimes, people become depressed for no apparent reason.
For additional resources, please call 1-800-969-NMHA. NMHA's Campaign for America's Mental Health works to raise awareness that mental illnesses are common, real and treatable illnesses and ensure that those most at-risk receive proper, timely and effective treatment.