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What is Depression?

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What is Depression?
  • Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
  • In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Something that can happen to anybody.
  • Not a sign or weakness.
  • Treatable, with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these.

SOURCE: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/handouts-depression/w...

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