What is Depression?

Depression is a common and sometimes serious disorder of mood that can be quite intense. It affects the mind and body at the same time. It may be associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that carry communications between nerve cells which control mood and other basic bodily functions, such as appetite and sleep. Other factors may also come into play, such as negative life experiences such as stress or loss, medical illnesses, and genetic factors.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

persistent sad or empty mood decreased energy or fatigue
loss of interest in usual activities difficulty concentrating or making decisions
changes in appetite or weight feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
inability to sleep or oversleeping thoughts of death or suicide
restlessness or sluggishness

The Extent of the Problem

Between 17 and 20 million Americans each year develop some form of depression
One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives

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