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FHN Offering Free Depression Screenings in Freeport Nov. 8

11/8/2012

FHN is offering free depression screenings Thursday, Nov. 8 at the FHN Family Counseling Center in Freeport.

“We're proud to be able to raise awareness of this very real, very serious health issue,” said FHN Family Counseling Center Director Jennifer Aurand, PsyD. “We have a limited number of openings for the screenings, but we hope that this will encourage anyone who is struggling with depression to reach out for help. These screenings also look at anxiety and trauma related symptoms, and participants will be referred for further help if necessary.”

Depression is more serious than feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a short period of time. It's a serious illness that affects your mind, body and mood for weeks, months or even years. People with depression cannot merely “snap out of it” on their own and get better. It's a legitimate health concern that needs appropriate treatment.

People with depression may feel isolated, different and alone – but they are not. More than 17 million Americans are affected by depression each year. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but can include loss of interest in ordinary activities; changes in appetite and sleep; loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness and guilt; inability to concentrate; and thoughts of suicide.

Appointments are required for the free screenings on Thursday, Nov. 8. Call 815-599-7300 to make an appointment. Join FHN in raising awareness and taking steps toward healing depression.