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Depression

What is Depression?

- Depression is characterized by a sad mood that affects interpersonal relationships, and is diagnosed by several symptoms that last for two weeks or more. It has been seen as a sign of weakness for many years, instead of as an illness that can be treated.

Why Should You Care?
Causes
Risk Factors
Symptoms
Treatments
Resources

Why Should You Care?

- Depression is a global problem

   - One episode of depression increases the risk for subsequent episodes in the future by 50%

- Depression can lead to suicide

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Causes / Risk Factors

- Smoking - High alcohol consumption
- Sedentary lifestyle - Sleep disturbance
- Traumatic events  

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Symptoms

- Sadness - low interest in previously fun activities
- Weight changes - psychomotor agitation/retardation
- fatigue

- inappropriate guilt

- Problems concentrating - recurring thoughts of death

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Treatments

- Depression can and should be treated aggressively through a combination of properly prescribed antidepressants and through regular meetings with a therapist in order to work out the underlying cause for depressive episodes.

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* CIS does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The content is for informational purposes only. 

 

Resources

- For information on mental health services near you, please visit the SAMHSA Mental Health Treatment Locator

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