Anyone who has experienced mental illness, either personally or via a loved one, knows that there are no easy ways of dealing with it. But putting a name to it can be a good start. This Thursday, May 5, the Psychological Clinic on the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus is hosting a free anxiety and depression screening day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Screenings will be at 227 Austin Peay Building, 1404 Circle Drive.
The program is part of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week and Mental Health Month. "This is a free screening to provide information, support and referrals related to potential symptoms of depression and anxiety to members of the community," says Sara Elkins, clinic coordinator and doctoral student in clinical psychology. According to the clinic, more than 18 percent of adults will experience levels of clinical anxiety, and almost 7 percent will experience a major depressive disorder over the course of their lifetime. Anyone interested in learning more about the symptoms of depression and anxiety—either for themselves, a friend or family member—can attend the screening day.