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Time To Check Your Mental Health

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) National Mental Illness Awareness Week is Sunday through Saturday of next week.

That's why Preferred Child and Family Services held free mental health screenings. The doctor we talked to says 85 percent of people suffer from some kind of depression some time in their lives. He says there are specific symptoms to look out for.

Dr. Eric F. Jones says, "Such as fatigue or insomnia. They can also experience grief and loss, if it's an anniversary or a seasonal thing related to a family experience."

Jones says this is also the time of year when there's less light in a 24 hour period, and that can negatively affect people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder. He says if you think you need help, talk to your family doctor or consult a counselor.

Oct. 6, 2012.


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