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National Depression Screening Day at Broome Community College 10/7/10

August 31, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      CONTACT: Counseling Services

September 1, 2010 607-778-5210

Having a bad day every day?

Your so-called “negative attitude” could be an underlying mood disorder

Learn more at Broome Community College’s National Depression Screening Day event on Thursday October 7th at the Baldwin Gym

Sometimes, on bad days, it’s inevitable.  Negative thoughts just pour out of you:  “There’s no point in trying.”  “Can’t anything go right in my life?”  “It probably won’t work out.”

For many people, pessimism can be a source of sardonic humor and even a coping mechanism.  Individuals that fall into this category may feel that they are actually avoiding disappointments by preparing for the worst.  But if your Double Downer attitude interferes with everyday activities and interpersonal relationships, it may mean more than just a temperamental trait.  Having a negative outlook on life can be a sign of depression or can increase the chances of becoming depressed.

If you can’t remember the last time you felt optimistic or hopeful, take advantage of BCC’s National Depression Screening Day event on Thursday October 7, 2010. As part of the program you will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; learn about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk.  You will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any concerns you may have.  Screenings will be offered from 10am-1pm at the Baldwin Gym.

Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Inability to sleep or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Unexplained aches and pains
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