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Appalachian Offers Students Online and In-Person Mental Health Screenings

BOONE–Have you been feeling consistently moody or sad? Can’t relax or concentrate? Been alternating between highs and lows? Have you been troubled by unexplained aches and pains? Are you unable to eat or sleep? If so, you may be suffering from a mental health disorder.

As part of Depression Screening Day, Appalachian State University is offering free online and in-person mental health screenings for a range of common emotional situations that often go undiagnosed and misunderstood. If you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, Depression Screening Day can help you figure out what is wrong.

Screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder will be held in the Roan Mountain Room of Plemmons Student Union from noon until 4 p.m. on Depression Screening Day, Oct. 2.

Also, Appalachian offers free, year-round online screening for depression and related disorders. Visit www.counseling.appstate.edu and click on “online screenings.”

” We realize that students’ schedules can be pretty busy, making it difficult to attend the actual screening event. The online program offers students the opportunity to take the screening from the comfort and privacy of their own residence hall or apartment at any time throughout the year,” says Dr. Denise Lovin of Appalachian’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

As part of the in-person Depression Screening Day event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear an educational presentation on mood and anxiety disorders, complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health professional. Those who may need further evaluation will be given referrals to the Counseling Center.

Questions students might be asked include:

Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?

Do you have trouble sleeping or eating?

Does your mood fluctuate between overly “high” to sad and hopeless?

Are you keyed up and anxious all the time?

Are you having nightmares about something that happened in the past?

Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains?

Depression Screening Day, held as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Last year, more than 90,000 people attended National Depression Screening Day.

For more information call Denise Lovin at (828) 262-3180.

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