Depression is an illness that causes a person to feel sad and
hopeless for much of the time. It is different from normal feelings of sadness,
grief, or low energy.
People who are depressed may also:
Lose interest in things they have enjoyed in
Think and speak more slowly than
Have trouble concentrating, remembering, and making
Have changes in their eating and sleeping
Be preoccupied with death and/or suicide.
feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness.
Depression affects men and women of all ages and has often been
shown to run in families. A person can have one or many episodes of depression
in a lifetime. Each episode of depression makes a person more likely to have
another episode of depression.
Most people who are depressed get better with medicine, counseling,
or a combination of the two. Some people with depression may need to be
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