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Depression, Not Just a Bad Mood Depression

Depression is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by extreme feelings of sadness, anehedonia (or loss of pleasure), guilt, helplessness or hopelessness, an inability to concentrate, an increase or decrease of appetite, and thoughts of death. Depressive illness often interferes with an individual's normal functioning and often goes without being diagnosed for long periods of time causing a lot of problems for the both the individual with the illness and those around them.
Depression involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about themselves and the way one approaches life in general.

 
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Quick Facts
In any given 1-year period, 9.5 percent of the population, or about 18.8 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness.
Most people with a depressive illness do not seek treatment, although the great majority-even those whose depression is extremely severe-can be helped.
Thanks to years of research, there are now medications and psychosocial therapies such as cognitive/behavioral therapy that can help ease the pain of depression.
Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.
There are different forms or variations of depression and the said disorder can accompany other disorders as well.
The three most common types of depression: major depression, dysthmia, and bipolar disorder are described here.
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