Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health to offer free depression screening on October 5

Depression is a common mental health condition that affects many people in middle Georgia.  In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health will offer free depression screenings on Thursday, October 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health located at 340 Hospital Drive in Macon. Appointments can be made by calling (478) 741-1355.

National Depression Screening Day is held annually to educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as offer referral for treatment.

Symptoms of depression often differ between men and women. In older people, depression symptoms like forgetfulness, trouble sleeping and changes in appetite are often mistaken for signs of aging. Continue reading  

Coliseum Health System Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Coliseum Health System will “Fight for a Cure” throughout the month of October as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital will offer several FREE special events designed to bring awareness to the importance breast cancer prevention and early detection, honor breast cancer survivors, and remember those whose lives ended too soon because of the disease.  The public is invited to join us at the following events: Continue reading  

What is breast cancer?

To understand breast cancer, it is first important to understand exactly what cancer is: the production of abnormal cells.

Your body is programmed to routinely replenish cells in different organs. As normal cells age or get damaged, they die off and new cells take their place; this is what’s supposed to happen. Abnormal cell growth refers to a buildup of extra cells. This happens when new cells form even though the body doesn’t need them or when old, damaged cells don’t die off. Continue reading