Depression

Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Depression is the most common mental disorder. Fortunately, depression is treatable. A combination of therapy and antidepressant medication can help ensure recovery.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

What You Can Do

  • Seek the right kind of social support

    Social isolation increases the risk of depression. But it turns out that spending too much time discussing problems with friends could actually increase depression as well.

  • Exercise Helps Keep Your Psyche Fit

    Exercise is an effective, cost-effective treatment for depression and may help in the treatment of other mental disorders.

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