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What Is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or lonely. It is a serious mental disorder that can affect various areas in a person’s life; like relationships with others, themselves, and the way they see situations and self-image.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or lonely
  • Having loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Having difficulties in sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Having pervasive thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Having an increase in purposeless activities
  • Experiencing difficulty in concentrating, thinking,and making decisions

For a person to have a diagnosis for Major Depressive Disorder, the symptoms should be present for at least 2 weeks.

Are There Other Kinds of Depression?
The most well-known type of depression is Major Depressive Disorder or MDD, however, there are other types of depression that have not met the criteria for MDD but still affects the life a person.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
This type of depression occurs in a particular season or time of the year.
Peripartum Depression
This occurs before and/or after a baby is born. Mothers are mostly diagnosed with this type of depression but it has also been observed in men.
Dysthymia/Persistent Depressive Disorder
Continuous mild depression that has lasted for 2 years or more.

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