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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

Common symptoms of depression in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others.

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness.
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports.
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much.
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain.
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness.
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame.
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide.

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There’s no sure way to prevent depression. Many people with depression use therapy, medication, or both to control symptoms. However, these strategies may help.

▪️Take steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and boost your self-esteem.
▪️Reach out to family and friends, especially in times of crisis, to help you.
▪️Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent depression from worsening.
▪️Consider getting long-term maintenance treatment to help prevent a relapse of symptoms.

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