NATIONAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AWARENESS WEEK MAY 6 - 12, 2007

Each year more than 17 million Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder and more than 19 million Americans will suffer with a depressive illness. Often these illnesses manifest with not only emotional symptoms but physical symptoms as well. Individuals often believe the cause of their discomfort and pain is an undiagnosed physical illness. Anxiety and depression can happen to anyone at anytime.

The following are symptoms of anxiety and depression:

  • Constant uncontrollable worrying
  • Feeling blue, sad, or hopeless
  • Sleeping problems, poor concentration
  • Anxiety attacks, nervousness, or tension
  • Feelings of intense anxiety in social situations
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Phobias
  • Unexplainable aches, pains, or headaches
  • Rituals or obsessions

If you experience any of the following you can screen yourself at http://www.freedomfromfear.org/screenrm.asp or find a referral in your area for a free screening http://www.freedomfromfear.org/refroom.asp.

You can also visit the websites of the sponsors of the National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week May 6?12, 2007:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America
  • Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association
  • Families for Depression Awareness
  • Freedom From Fear
  • Mental Health America
  • National Women?s Health Resource Center
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
  • SPAN USA