Depression

By Anthony Patella

What is Depression?

Depression is a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
  • Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, which may include weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue, lack of energy
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Slow speech; slow movements
Signs


  • Negative feelings and mood
  • Negative thinking
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Concentration
  • Physical symptoms
  • Social Withdrawing

How does Depression affect the person?

  • It effects their emotions and moods
  • It may also effect someone physically, causing body aches and pains

How is Depression diagnosed?

  • Ask you questions and give a physical exam
  • Your doctor will also do blood test and certain lab tests

How is Depression Treated?

Talk Therapy: helps understand emotions, identify and overcome negative thinking patterns, develop more positive ways of looking at things and build the confidence to deal with life’s struggles.
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Interesting Fact

Depression is experienced as anxiety 65 percent of the time. Make sure you get an accurate diagnosis, so you can get the most effective treatment available

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