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Depression is more than just sadness; it is a mental illness that interferes with a personâ€™s day-to-day functioning. Most everyone experiences depressive feelings at different times in their life, but depression involves physiological, psychological and behavioral symptoms that negatively impact oneâ€™s life. Depression impacts oneâ€™s ability to sleep, to eat, to socialize with others as well as oneâ€™s energy level, thoughts and feelings. Depression is a mood disorder, and symptoms can last for weeks, months or even years.
Depression is NOT a sign of weakness; it is an illness that needs treatment. There are different types of depressive disorders, ranging from dysthymia to bipolar disorder. More information about depressive disorders can be found at:
If you think you may be suffering from depression, seek help from a mental health professional. Counseling is needed to overcome this illness, and medication may be needed as well. Therefore, it is important to get an evaluation by a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Keep in mind that depression affects a lot of people â€“ over 18 million Americans a year. Depression is a serious illness, but one can deal with it effectively when treatment is sought.
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