Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, it affects almost 8% of people who are 12 and over. People with depression can suffer from many different symptoms, including:
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Change in weight
- Being more or less active than usual
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting a depression screening. Medicare covers this once per year and you pay nothing if your doctor accepts assignment.
World Mental Health Day is October 10—talk to your doctor about how you can take care of your mental health.