The Counseling Center at The University of Texas-Pan American will provide free confidential screenings Thursday, Oct. 11 as part of National Depression Screening Day.
Individuals can meet with counselors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Services Bldg., Room 504.
Between 17 million and 20 million Americans each year develop some form of depression, studies show, and one out of every five adults may experience a depression at some point in their lives. About 5.2 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and an increase in these cases is expected following the September terrorist attacks.
Symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, helplessness and worthlessness; changes in appetite; decreased energy and greater fatigue; and difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions. There also are physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain.
For more information on the screenings, contact the UTPA Counseling Center at 956/381-2574/2529 or by e-mail at email@example.com