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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?

  • 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

Symptoms

  • Sadness
  • Low Interest in Previously Fun Activities
  • Weight Changes
  • Psychomotor Agitation/Retardation
  • Fatigue
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Recurring Thoughts of Death

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.

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

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