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What Is Depression?

Depression (also known as major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks.

via the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Persistent sadness, anxiousness, or feelings of emtiness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Irritability, frustration, or restlessness
  • Guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy and feelings of fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or sleeping
  • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes
  • Physical aches and pains or unexplainable digestive problems
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
  • Increased anger or engagement in high-risk activities
  • Greater impulsivity
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Isolation from friends and family
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