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Silver Cross raises awareness on depression with a free program/screenings Oct. 7

Joliet, IL (September 29, 2010) — It’s natural to feel sad sometimes, but if sadness is lingering every day, it could signal depression. Depression can affect anybody; it has no barriers to age, race, or social class.

“Most people who are depressed can be helped with treatment, but often times, people who suffer from depression never get the help they need,” says Lisa Smith, Manager of Behavioral Health Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “When depression continues untreated, it can escalate and extend the pain, preventing someone from living their life.”

Causes of Depression
“It important to realize that depression is not a personality disorder, but a medical disorder that can be treated,” said Smith. There are many factors that can cause depression including:

  • Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers
  • Major events such as starting a new job, graduating, moving, losing a job or getting married can also lead to depression.
  • Personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends
  • Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one
  • Family history of depression
  • Social isolation 
  • People with substance abuse problems


Symptoms of Depression

  • Sad mood during most of the day
  • Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • Diminished interest in almost all activities
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • A sense of restlessness
  • Significant weight change


If you or someone you know is suffering from more than one of these symptoms, please seek help. In recognition of National Depression Awareness Day, Silver Cross Behavioral Health Services is offering free screenings and a program on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Dr. Lucy Ibrahim, psychiatrist, will discuss the seriousness of depression and various treatment options. Confidential screenings will be provided by behavioral health professionals. For more information or to register to attend, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

About Behavioral Health Services/Chemical Dependency Services
Silver Cross Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services provides psychiatric, behavioral and chemical dependency services for adults 18 years and older, utilizing a holistic approach. Trained psychiatric and chemical dependency professionals offer a variety of mental health and chemical dependency services. Our interdisciplinary staff is comprised of licensed and certified behavioral health and chemical dependency professionals. Referral information may be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Hotline at 815-740-7039.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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