This year, Friday October 10 will be National Depression Screening Day.
Fifteen years ago this month, the medical school that I was attending at the time was one of the screening sites for National Depression Screening Day. I went for kicks. I mean, I already knew that I was depressed for most of my life, so they weren’t going to tell me anything that I didn’t already know. They gave me a multiple-choice test; I sat down and took the test. Took maybe 15, 20 minutes tops to complete it. The test results were discussed with me right afterward, and it was strongly suggested that I seek professional advice. Okay, THAT part, I didn’t know. Not long afterward, I saw a psychiatrist and was formally diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
If you are at all curious, please take an hour out of your busy schedule and get screened.