Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel

  • The way you think and how you act.
  • Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of
    interest in activities you once enjoyed.
  •  It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home. Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity or slowed
    movements or speech
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What are the major causes of depression?

  • Family history. Though there are no specific genes that we
    can look at and trace to depression, if your family members have had
    depression, you are more likely also to experience depression. …
  • Illness and health issues. …
  • Medication, drugs, and alcohol. …
  • Personality.

What will happen
during depression?

  • Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults . And one in six people will experience depression at some time in their life.
  •  Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s.
  •  Women are more likely than men to experience depression.
  •  Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. 



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