Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression haunt the lives of millions of American adults–many of whom don’t realize there’s something to be done. Because while treatment is costly and complicated, for those who are uninsured, or just don’t know what’s the matter with them, just getting screened can be a difficult step. But today, if you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or PTSD, you might be able to get evaluated for free.
Most often, when a person is worried that they may be suffering from some sort of mental health issue, they have to see professional attention first, in the form of a psychiatrist or other therapist. However, that can expensive, require long waits, and, in the early days of treatment, miss key symtoms that may lead to a more serious underlying problem.
Which is why Screening for Mental Health, a national non-profit, is hosting National Depression Screening Day. With over 1,000 locations around the country offering free depression screenings, the goal is to educate individuals on their potential treatment options, without requiring one or several visits with a doctor, first.
In addition to clinical depression and PTSD, the evaluations also look for signs of alcoholism or other substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Basically, if you’ve ever wondered if the way you’re feeling is “normal,” this is a free, low-impact, easy opportunity to find out.
To find out if there’s a free screening near you, just visit NDSD’s website, enter your state, and find out where you may be able to get help.
And if you can’t get to a screening site, or there isn’t one near you, you can always get screened online. Though neither an in-person, nor an online test can take the place of an actual diagnosis from a trained profession, getting screened before you seek medical or psychiatric attention can relieve some of the pressure of the initial visit, and help get an idea of what kind of services you may be looking for.
Mental health is seriously important–and getting tested is the first step toward getting better.
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