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UI to offer information and screening for depression
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will provide information and
screening as part of National Depression Screening Day Thursday, Oct. 9
at the Activities Therapy Gym on the first floor of the John Pappajohn
Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Educational materials and screening will be available from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the UI department of psychiatry and the
Depression is a disabling medical disorder, affecting an estimated 17
million Americans each year. More than just periodic bouts of sadness or
a weakness in character, the condition can have serious long-term effects.
Symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest in activities or work,
lack of energy, loss of appetite, weight loss, poor or restless sleep,
poor memory, inability to communicate, suicidal thoughts, and nervousness.
Many people who are severely depressed don't seek treatment, says
Dr. Ondria Gleason, chief resident in psychiatry at the UIHC. "Therefore,
early detection is important. People with depression can be treated effectively
either with antidepressant medications, psychotherapy or a combination
of both. We hope this event will give people a better understanding of
Questionnaires, an informational video and educational materials will
be provided as part of the screening process. UI physicians and resident
physicians in psychiatry will be available to answer questions.