Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, it affects 5% of people 12 and over. People with depression can suffer from many different symptoms, including:
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Change in weight
- Being more or less active than usual
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting a depression screening. Medicare covers this once per year and you pay nothing if your doctor accepts assignment.
Celebrate World Mental Health Day October 10th – talk to your doctor about how to take charge of your mental health.