It’s normal to feel down from time to time. However, if you have felt sad or blue for a period of time greater than two weeks or more, you are likely clinically depressed. People who are depressed often feel helpless, hopeless, and blame themselves for having these feelings. Depression often interferes with their activities of daily living such as working, concentrating on tasks, eating, and sleeping. Other possible symptoms of depression may include chronic pain, headaches or stomach aches, fatigue, irritability, or crying. Some depressed individuals may even have thoughts of death or suicide.

Depression is a highly treatable disorder. Those who do not seek help often suffer needlessly. They may express feelings and concerns accompanied by sense of isolation and worsening depression. Therefore, getting quality treatment is crucial. If depression goes untreated, it can last for a long time and worseen other illnesses. Even people with severe depression benefit from treatment. Studies have shown that psychotherapy is effective for treating depression relieving symptoms experienced by individuals who suffer from depression. In addition, psychological treatments may prevent a person with mildly depression from becoming more severely depressed. Although a past history depression increases the risk of future episodes, there is evidence that ongoing psychotherapy may lessen the chance of a recurrence. Some people may also benefit from medications prescribed by a psychiatrist. Ideally, that person would have both psychotherapy and psychiatry as part of their treatment team.

Here is a YouTube video that explains depression for those who are visual or auditory learners
http://youtu.be/XiCrniLQGYc

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