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Depression Screening Day at Dean Hall

The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center will offer free mood disorder screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center will offer free mood disorder screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The anonymous screenings will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Dean Hall room 126.

According to Kristy Stokes, associate dean for student wellness, students will have an opportunity to respond to questions in a brief screening questionnaire and meet one-on-one with a mental health professional.

"Many students don't associate their stress with a mood disorder," said Stokes. "But if stress is left untreated it could develop into long-term anxiety or depression. Our in-person mental health check-up offers screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It's important to seek help early before stress becomes too much to handle."

Some of the questions included in the screening are:

  • Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?
  • Do you deliberately avoid social situations?
  • Does your mood fluctuate between overly "high" and utterly hopeless?
  • Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?

National Depression Screening Day is a program of the non-profit Screening for Mental Health, Inc. The annual event is held each October as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center.

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