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MERCY PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY

 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen-year-old Kristen has been a handful lately. She has been irritable, argumentative and difficult -- mouthing off to her mother and to her teachers. Recently, Kristen's father moved out of the house, pending a divorce.
 Three months ago, Carol gave birth to a healthy son. She and her husband planned and anticipated the baby's arrival for nine long months. Now that the baby has arrived, Carol's husband can't understand why she lies listless in bed for much of the day.
 Sixty-seven-year-old Sam came home from the hospital after undergoing successful heart bypass surgery. Doctors say he is capable of normal day-to-day activities, yet Sam has no desire to resume his weekly golf game with his buddies.
 Depression. Recognizable mood swings. Feeling down, feeling empty. Experiencing a loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable.
 According to Mercy Psychiatric Institute and others in the mental health community, everyone encounters depression, in one form or another. Every six months, an estimated 10 million children, adolescents and adults nationwide experience depression.
 Local studies indicate as many as 25 percent of all women and 10 percent of all men in the Pittsburgh area suffer from clinical depression.
 Some of the symptoms include: decreased energy or fatigue, a change in eating or sleeping habits, difficulty concentrating and remembering things, feelings of guilt or overall hopelessness, irritability and excess crying for no apparent reason.
 Nearly 80 percent of people suffering from clinical depression can be successfully treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
 For a second consecutive year, Mercy Psychiatric Institute will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and to participate in a free depression risk assessment. It's called National Depression Screening Day.
 Last year, the event attracted over 25,000 people to 435 sites nationwide as part of National Mental Health Awareness Week.
 This year's screening will take place Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Brighton Heights Professional Office Building at 3334 Fleming Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212, from 7-8:30 p.m.
 The screening will include:
 -- A confidential questionnaire;
 -- On-site referrals; -- A half-hour educational program by Dr. Jeremy S. Musher, vice president of medical affairs at Mercy Psychiatric Institute;
 -- A short video program; and
 -- A question-and-answer period.
 For more information on National Depression Screening Day, please call Mercy Psychiatric Institute at 412-766-8300.
 -0- 9/30/93
 /Note to Editors: Following is information compiled by the ADI, the National Campaign on Clinical Depression and the National Mental Health Association./
 ADI PROFILE -- PITTSBURGH
 National Campaign on Clinical Depression
 National Mental Health Association
 Total Adult Population 2,248,200
 Adult Population by Gender
 Women 1,204,900
 Men 1,043,300
 Adult Population at Lifetime Risk for
 Clinical Depression 405,525
 25 percent of all women 301,225
 10 percent of all men 104,300
 Percent Adult Population by Race
 White 92.70
 Black 6.40
 Hispanic 0.50
 Percent Household Incomes
 $0 - 9,999 18.40
 $10,000 - 14,999 10.50
 $15,000 - 24,999 19.50
 $25,000 - 34,999 16.30
 $35,000 - 49,999 16.80
 $50,000 - 74,999 12.10
 $75,000 - 99,999 3.50
 $100,000 - 149,999 1.70
 $150,000-plus 1.10
 Percent Population by Age
 0 - 5 7.40
 6 - 13 10.00
 14 - 17 4.90
 18 - 20 4.60
 21 - 24 5.40
 25 - 34 15.50
 35 - 44 14.70
 45 - 54 10.20
 55 - 64 10.40
 65 - 74 10.00
 75 - 84 5.30
 85-plus 1.50
 Percent Educational Attainment (Age 25 & Over)
 Less than grade 9 9.30
 Grade 9-12 (no diploma) 14.30
 High School Graduate or Equivalency 39.60
 Some College (no degree) 13.50
 Associate degree 5.60
Bachelor degree 11.10
 Graduate or professional degree 6.50
 /CONTACT: Regina Garofalo, community services coordinator, of Mercy Psychiatric Institute, 412-734-7478; or Linda K. Ross, news media coordinator, of Mercy Hospital, 412-232-7347/


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