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Have the winter blues? If so, you're not alone

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - If you are feeling blue this winter, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 20 million Americans suffer from a depressive disorder each year. In fact, depression affects people of all ages and income levels.

Visiting Nurse Association offers a range of mental-health services that provide a complete, holistic method of caring for mental-illness patients in their homes. The team consists of a mental-health nurse, social worker and home-care aides. Registered nurses on the team are qualified to address both acute and chronic psychiatric conditions.

Warning signs of depression can include the feeling of being tired, guilty, losing interest in everyday activities, sleeping too much or too little, unexplained aches or pains and thoughts of death or suicide. However, depression is a treatable illness.

If you or family members experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, contact your physician.

VNA has been providing professional and compassionate health care in homes and the community since 1888. Visiting Nurse Association is a not-for-profit; community-based home care and hospice provider.

VNA has offices in Evansville, Princeton and Tell City, Indiana as well in Eldorado, Illinois. For more information, call (812) 547-7967 or visit www.vnahc.org.