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Depression

What is Depression

Depression is a common but severe mental health condition that can affect the way one thinks, feels and handles daily activities such as sleeping and eating. For a diagnosis of depression to be made, one should have been experiencing some of the following symptoms, nearly everyday, for at least two weeks:

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  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
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  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
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  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
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  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
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  • Irritability
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  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
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  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
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  • Decreased energy or fatigue
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  • Moving or talking more slowly
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  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
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  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
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  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
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  • Appetite and/or weight changes
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Even though it is a common disorder there exist widespread myths about depression that affect the way others view victims of this condition. For starters, depression is not interpreted as a real illness. Victims are often blamed for ‘procrastinating, thinking negative thoughts, and not being interested or active enough.’ Owing to their lethargy, victims are further alienated when others don’t involve them in community meetings/tasks.

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Therapy for depression includes medications and the complementary talk therapies such as CBT.

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