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How Does Depression Differ From Occasional Sadness?

October 5 is National Depression Screening Day

Portland, OR, October 1, 2017 — Everyone experiences sadness from time to time, but depression is more than occasional sadness. October 5 is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), an annual event to raise awareness of the disease and offer screenings for related mood and anxiety disorders.

Next Saturday, October 7, the Out of Darkness Walk is occurring at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR! Join us in raising awareness about depression and suicide.

Depression is characterized by extreme sadness or loss of interest that lasts more than several days. If untreated, depression can have harmful effects on the mind and body. It can cause disruptions to daily life and research shows that it may be linked to various chronic illnesses.

Symptoms of depression can include lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, difficulty or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, problems concentrating, feelings of w…
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