Depression

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Chronic aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems
  • Chronic sad, anxious or empty feelings
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Problems with sleep
  • Thoughts of suicide or making suicide attempts

Not everyone with depression will have all of these symptoms. The symptoms may vary.

When does depression start?

Young adolescents and teens can get depression but it mostly occurs in adults. Depression is more common in women but men do get depression too. Loss of a loved one, stress or hormonal changes or traumatic events may trigger depression at any age.

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Why do people get depression?

There is no single cause of depression. Depression can happen due to a combination of factors such as:

  • Genes - depression may be hereditary
  • Brain chemistry and structure - when chemicals in the brain are not at the right levels, depression can occur
  • Environmental and psychological factors - trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, and other stressors can trigger depression.

How is depression treated?

Even in severe cases, depression is very treatable. The family doctor is a good place to start. A doctor can ascertain if the depression is being caused by another medical condition, as well as refer you to a mental health professional. The most common treatments of depression are psychotherapy and medication.

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