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Depression is a common medical condition that can affect the way an individual thinks and acts. Depression has specific symptoms and is not a sign of personal weakness – it is a condition that responds well to various treatments.
Depression strikes people of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnic groups – though the incidence among women is higher than among men. Some of the possible causes are:
It is almost invariably caused by a combination of factors and can also strike for no reason at all.
Early recognition and treatment are helpful in decreasing the duration and severity of a depressive episode.
Symptoms of Depression
accompanied by some of the following symptoms
If these symptoms last 2 weeks or longer and interfere with an individual's work, social life, or daily functioning - it is time to see the doctor.
Physical symptoms that can point to depression
Sometimes a person with depression may not feel sad, but will have other physical symptoms that can point to depression.
Being constantly worried, anxious, or concerned over everyday matters could also point to depression.
Fortunately, depression is a condition that usually responds well to treatment. With right treatment, 80% of people demonstrate significant improvement and lead productive lives.
(This Fact Sheet was compiled using information from various health websites and medical information packs)
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