Morris Psychological Group, PA announces they will be offering free walk-in screenings for depression on October 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 102, Parsippany, NJ.  More than 1,000 organizations nationwide will be hosting National Depression Screening Day events including hospitals, colleges and military installations. After completing a screening, participants will receive referral information to local resources and agencies that can offer further evaluation and treatment if necessary.

Most of us feel sad, lonely or depressed at times.  But how do you know if you have a major depressive disorder?  In a given year, depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older. However, due to stigma and other factors, fewer than half of those suffering actually seek treatment.

One of the main myths about depression is that it is an emotional problem that suggests a mental weakness. “The truth is that the suffering associated with depression extends far beyond its emotional symptoms.” explains Francine Rosenberg, Psy.D.  “Depression can also manifest in many different physical symptoms including pain, fatigue and changes in sleep or appetite.”   More people should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this condition and the importance of seeking help before the problem becomes serious.

Research supports the use of mental health screenings as a means of helping individuals identify symptoms that may be consistent with a mental health disorder, and to seek treatment if needed. For more information about the event, contact Francine Rosenberg, Psy.D. of Morris Psychological Group, PA 973-257-9000 x207