Is it the BLUES or something more? Clinical depression is a common medical illness affecting over 19 million American adults. National Depression Screening Week calls attention to this illness, educates the public about its symptoms and effective treatments, offers the opportunity to be screened, and connects those in need of treatment to appropriate services. That is why Central Wyoming Counseling Center is happy to provide Wyoming residents with free screenings as a part of this national effort.

Screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness (whether for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or depression) and can reach those who might not otherwise seek professional clinical advice. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare. Visit them in their main lobby the week of October 6th; Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm for your confidential screening and private consultation with a licensed therapist, at no cost to you, your insurance, or the community.

What is Depression? Some key symptoms are: persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood; sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much; reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain; loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed; restlessness or irritability; difficulty in making decisions; problems concentrating or remembering; fatigue or loss of energy; and, even, thoughts of death or suicide. CWCC encourages everyone to see a qualified mental health professional if they experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks; or if symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily routine. Clinical depression is a serious medical illness; and can lead to suicide.

Why Screen for Depression? While screenings are not a diagnosis, they often point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide referrals for further evaluation, if needed. People with depression can mistakenly believe that their symptoms are a "normal part of life." Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups. While 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience depression at some point in their life; and, unfortunately, over 2/3 of those suffering from this illness will never seek treatment. Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions. Most clinical depression cases can be effectively treated; and screenings are often the first step in getting help.

What Is a Depression Screening like? Attendees to our free screening program will receive educational materials on depression and other mental illnesses. Guests will learn about depression and complete a written screening. Finally, each participant will discuss the results of their screening with one of CWCC’s mental health professionals.

Join them the week of October 6th to learn more about Depression and other mood disorders. Monday through Saturday from 9am to 2 pm in CWCC's main lobby, 1430 Wilkins Circle, Casper Wyoming, near the Events Center.