Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
Morris Psychological Group, PA will be offering free screenings for depression on October 10, 2013 from 4:30-8:30 at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall (Macy’s Court). More than 1,000 organizations nationwide will be hosting National Depression Screening Day events including hospitals, colleges and military installations. After completing a screening, participants will receive referral information to local resources and agencies that can offer further evaluation and treatment if necessary.
According to Clinical Psychologist Dr. Francine Rosenberg with the Morris Psychological Group, “We are thrilled to participate in National Depression Screening Day to provide people in our community with the opportunity to be screened for depression and other mental illnesses.” This event will also be co-sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Succasunna.
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 Day serves as a supportive community initiative to connect the public with mental health screenings,” adds Douglas Baum, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Morris Psychological Group. Mental health screenings are an important and easy way for people to monitor their health, identify problems and learn about local treatment options.
“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 psychologist, Dr. Francine Rosenberg. “It is 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, so that you can take the necessary steps to improve your health.” Research supports the use of mental health screenings as a means of helping individuals identify symptoms that may be consistent with a mental health disorder, and to seek treatment if needed.