2003-10-03 / Community

SJEH Offers Depression Screening

SJEH Offers Depression Screening

Have you been feeling consistently moody or sad? Can’t relax or concentrate? Been alternating between highs and lows? Have you been troubled by unexplained aches and pains? If so, you may be suffering from a mental health disorder.

On October 8, 9 and 10, the Community Mental Health Center of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore will offer free, anonymous mental health screenings for a range of common emotional situations that often go undiagnosed and misunderstood.

Screenings for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder will be held at the CMHC offices, located at 521 Beach 20 Street, Far Rockaway, NY, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

"Over the past 10 years we have made great strides in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Programs like National Depression Screening Day educate people about depressive and anxiety disorders and allow people to seek help in a non-threatening way," said Alexander Synman, MD, and the Director of CMHC.

Questions that might be asked at the screening include:

Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?

Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?

Does your mood fluctuate between overly "high" to sad and hopeless?
Are you keyed up and anxious all the time?

Are you having nightmares about something that happened in the past?
Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?

For more information about National Depression Screening or about seeking assistance with emotional disorders please call the Community Mental Health Center at 718-869-8822.

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