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Today is both National Depression Screening Day and National Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. Free screening for depression is available at several locations in metro Atlanta.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mood disorder marked by signs of elevated mood, or mania, and depressed mood. About 2.3 million Americans have the disease, and many are not diagnosed or treated.
About 20 million Americans suffer from depression, many of them also go untreated and undiagnosed.
Atlanta screening sites: Absolute Wellness, 2581 Piedmont Road; Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression, 1841 Clifton Road, Wesley Woods Health Center; Heartwork Counseling Center, 990 Edgewood Ave.; Metropolitan Counseling Services, call 404-321-1794. For other screening sites: www.mentalhealthscreening.org or call NAMI-Georgia, 1-800-728-1052.
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