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
Causes / Risk Factors
|- Smoking||- High alcohol consumption|
|- Sedentary lifestyle||- Sleep disturbance|
|- Traumatic events|
|- Sadness||- low interest in previously fun activities|
|- Weight changes||- psychomotor agitation/retardation|
- inappropriate guilt
|- Problems concentrating||- recurring thoughts of death|
- 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.
- For information on mental health services near you, please visit the SAMHSA Mental Health Treatment Locator