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Silver Cross Offers Screenings in Honor of Depression Awareness Day

New Lenox, IL (September 26, 2012)—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 Elaine Shemroske, 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 Shemroske. 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

Join the Silver Cross Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services as they celebrate National Depression Awareness Day on Thursday, October 11. Behavioral health professionals will be on hand to provide confidential meetings and screening tests from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center Room 2C, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. At 6 p.m. a behavioral health professional will discuss the seriousness of depression and available treatments today. Register for this free program at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

 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 seven consecutive years; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 

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