Sayre, PA – Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services will offer free, anonymous depression screenings on Thursday, Oct. 10, National Depression Screening Day. This event will take place at the Behavioral Health Services Building located on the Sayre campus at One Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. from 12:30 - 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
At the free screening, participants will fill out a brief questionnaire that assesses risk factors of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. A wide range of educational resources on these disorders will be available to help individuals who may be at risk personally or for those who have a concern for a loved one. There will also be opportunities to meet one-on-one with a mental health professional to talk about personal concerns.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression has a variety of symptoms, but the most common are a deep feeling of sadness or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities. Other symptoms include:
- Changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains unrelated to dieting.
- Insomnia or oversleeping.
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue.
- Restlessness or irritability.
- Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions.
- Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide.
Depression is common. It affects nearly one in 10 adults each year—nearly twice as many women as men. It’s also important to note that depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Depression is also common in older adults. Fortunately, depression is very treatable.
For more information regarding the National Depression Screening Day event, call 570-887-6550.
Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.