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Depression

How common is depression?

As many as 20 million adults suffer from depression each year. Depression is a common medical condition with very specific symptoms.

The symptoms with depression, as with any other illness, may differ from person to person. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It is a medical condition.

Signs and symptoms of Depression

The term depression refers to:

  • a persistent sad mood and/or
  • loss of interest or pleasure in most activities

And is accompanied by some of the following symptoms:

  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Restlessness or decreased activity that is noticeable to others
  • Loss of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you think you or someone you know may suffer from depression, contact Region 8 Mental Health Services at 824-0342.

Only a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional can make a diagnosis of depression.

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