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
- High Alcohol Consumption
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Sleep Disturbance
- Traumatic Events
- 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.
* CIS does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content is for informational purposes only.
- For information on mental health services near you, please visit the SAMHSA Mental Health Treatment Locator.