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Understanding Depression

Depression

Feeling down, sad, or upset is normal. It can be concerning feeling that way for several days or weeks on end.

Physical symptoms and behavioral changes caused by depression include:

  • decreased energy, chronic fatigue, or feeling sluggish frequently
  • difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling
  • pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
  • changes in appetite or weight
  • difficulty sleeping, waking early, or oversleeping

Emotional symptoms of depression include:

  • loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
  • persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
  • feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • anger, irritability, or restlessness
  • feeling guilty or experiencing feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
  • thoughts of death or suicide
  • suicide attempts

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