Depression is a serious medical illness; it’s not something you have made up in your head. It’s more than just feeling ”down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling “down” and “low” and “hopeless” for weeks at a time. Some signs and symptoms of depression are: persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood; feelings of hopelessness, pessimism; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness; loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were one enjoyed.
A variety of treatments including medication and short-term psychotherapies have proven effective for depression. If you feel you are depressed discuss your feeling and concerns with your doctor so he/she can help you get the help you need.
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