Having a bad day every day? Your so-called “negative attitude” could be an underlying mood disorder. Learn more at SUNY Broome Community College’s Depression Screening Day event.

Date: Thursday October 9th
Time: 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Location: Baldwin Gym

Sometimes, on bad days, it’s inevitable. Negative thoughts just pour out of you: “There’s no point in trying.” “Can’t anything go right in my life?” “It probably won’t work out.”

For many people, pessimism can be a source of sardonic humor and even a coping mechanism. Individuals that fall into this category may feel that they are actually avoiding disappointments by preparing for the worst. But if your Double Downer attitude interferes with everyday activities and interpersonal relationships, it may mean more than just a temperamental trait. Having a negative outlook on life can be a sign of depression or can increase the chances of becoming depressed.

If you can’t remember the last time you felt optimistic or hopeful, take advantage of SUNY Broome’s Depression Screening Day event on Thursday October 9, 2014. As part of the program you will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; learn about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. You will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any concerns you may have. Screenings will be offered from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Baldwin Gym.

Some symptoms of depression include:

• Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
• Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
• Restlessness or irritability
• Inability to sleep or oversleeping
• Changes in appetite or weight
• Unexplained aches and pains

Worried you might be depressed? Come see us. Worried about someone else? Come by and we’ll help.