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Treating the "common cold of mental illness:" Friday is national depression screening day

October 9, 2008

To increases awareness for depression, a mental affliction that affects a fifth of the population, health officials have designated Friday as both World Mental Health and National Depression Screening Day. A University of Minnesota expert who can offer insight into the disease is:
Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, University of Minnesota assistant professor of psychiatry
Klimes-Dougan says the key to effective treatment of depression is catching it early. The most useful red flags come from the people around you who know you best if they begin to notice changes. Its normal to feel sadness once and a while but when it turns into a consistent lack of interest, motivation and pleasure and your first step should be to see your primary physician.
To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

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