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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 UIHC.

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 this illness."

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.