Air Force Materiel Command Health and Wellness Team
9/30/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- During
the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote
Depression Awareness. As part of its Mental Fitness Campaign, AFMC will
inform the workforce about the signs and symptoms of depression, offer
anonymous behavioral health screenings, and promote mental fitness
assistance programs and services. According to the National Institute of
Mental Health, depression is highly treatable when an individual
receives competent care.
"The campaign's goal is to reduce the stigma associated with seeking
help for depression and other mental health issues," said Greg Chadwick,
AFMC Health and Wellness Coordinator. This question and answer guide
explains depression and the importance of seeking professional
How does depression differ from feeling sad?
Everyone occasionally feels sad or down, but these feelings usually pass
within a few days. The NIMH reports that someone with depression
experiences extreme sadness or despair for at least two weeks or longer.
Depression can have enormous depth and staying power, and it can weaken
one's joy and interest in activities of daily living. The difference
between depression and feeling down is how severe the symptoms are and
how long they last.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
People with depression do not experience all of the same symptoms. The
physical and psychological signs and symptoms of depression may include:
· Feeling sad or "empty"
· Losing interest in favorite activities
· Feeling hopeless, worthless or helpless
· Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
· Having difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
· Experiencing fatigue and decreased energy
· Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
· Having thoughts of suicide, or attempting suicide
If you are feeling depressed and hopeless, and these feelings are
interfering with activities of daily living, you may be interested in a
mental health screening. An anonymous and confidential depression online
screening is offered on our website at AFMCwellness.com. Screening
results are educational, not diagnostic, but are provided so
participants may find out quickly if a professional consultation would
Where can I go for help?
Professional counseling services are available for the AFMC workforce and their families.
Active-duty personnel can contact their local mental health clinic for
services. Military OneSource is another option for military members and
their families. For more information, call (800) 342-9647 or visit
Civilian employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program for free,
confidential counseling services at (800) 222-0364 or visit the EAP
website at FOH4You.com.
For more information about depression education materials, visit
AFMCwellness.com or contact your local Civilian Health Promotion