MUMC Offering Free Depression Screenings

(October 2, 2008) – It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, or anxious from time to time. But if those feelings don’t go away, you may be suffering from depression and need medical assistance. You can find out with a free depression screening at Memorial University Medical Center on Thursday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participants will complete a brief written questionnaire and learn about the symptoms of depression. They’ll also learn how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. Healthcare professionals will also be available to discuss your concerns. Screenings will be offered at the William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research at Memorial University Medical Center, located at the corner of 66th Street and Ranger Road.

Some facts about depression:
•Every year, depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older

•Trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Subsequent depressive episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.

•More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. With early recognition, intervention, and support, most employees can overcome clinical depression and become productive and full-functioning employees again.

For more information on Depression Screening Day, call Barbara Roundtree at 912-350-2664.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.