epression is a serious medical condition that can take so much out of you. It can make you feel like you have to wind yourself up just to get through the day. Depression can make you feel sad, helpless, and uninterested in your favorite activities.
Depression is different than feeling sad or blue. Feelings of sadness go away with time, whereas depression can last for weeks, months, or even years.
The encouraging news is that depression can be treated.
What causes depression?
Although no single cause of depression has been identified, it appears that genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors may play a role. Scientists are actively seeking new knowledge in this area. Depression is not your fault. It’s not a personal weakness or a condition that you can just “snap out of” and feel better.
Who gets depression?
Depression is a common condition. An estimated 35 million U.S. adults have experienced depression at some point
Although anyone can develop depression, the condition seems to run in families. Whether or not depression is genetic, the disorder is believed to be associated with changes to levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
What is major depressive disorder?
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is commonly known as depression. MDD can be diagnosed by a health care professional when a patient reports at least 2 weeks of sad or “empty” feelings or loss of interest in activities accompanied by at least four additional symptoms of depression.
Symptoms of depression
Here are some of the common symptoms included in the diagnostic criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association called the DSM-IV®:
If you think you may have depression, talk with your primary care physician about how you’re feeling. If you’ve been treated for depression in the past, your doctor may refer you to a specialist. It can take some trial and error, but with the right diagnosis and treatment, the majority of people with depression experience symptom improvement. Successful treatment of depression is a realistic goal.
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