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Economy Got You Down? Depression Screening Day in AZ Today

October 10, 2008

Phoenix, AZ - Today's headlines can make an anxious wreck of even the most optimistic person. The Wall Street crisis, home foreclosures, layoffs and inflation can arouse anger, stress, and anxiety, which are all normal feelings. If your emotions are getting in the way of everyday activities, however, then depression could be the reason.

Today is "National Depression Screening Day," and Kate Bell with Empowerment Systems says if not treated, clinical depression can take over your life.

"It affects the relationships you have with your family and friends, as well as your performance in the workplace. We are now finding that depression is also associated with many different health problems."

Empowerment Systems, an Arizona nonprofit organization that promotes health education, says treatment options include therapy, rest and, in some cases, short-term treatment with medications. Free depression screenings are available online, at www.depressionaz.com.

Bell cites a recent survey conducted for the American Psychological Association, that found as many as 80 percent of Americans are stressed about their personal finances and the economy.

"With the current economic situation, people are feeling it more acutely because it stretches across all boundaries. So, I believe that's why it's now a little bit more important."

More information on National Depression Screening Day, can also be found online, at www.MentalHealthScreening.org.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - AZ