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Depresion: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about depression.

What is Depression?

Many of us have used the phrase, “I’m so depressed!” at some point to express that you are feeling down. However a temporary feeling of being down or feeling “blue” is very different to real depression, which is  a mental illness. Depression is not the feeling sad, down or even dealing with grief, it is an overwhelming sense of despair. It is bleak and dark.

 

Depression is a treatable mental illness, however for a long time there has been a great deal of stigma attached to even admitting you might have depression. Due to negative attitudes towards mental health, a lot of cases of depression go untreated. For those that seek treatment, there is an excellent chance of recovery and generally people respond well to treatment.

Depression Facts – 

Depression is a mental illness. It negatively affects the way you feel, how you think, how you act and your ability to function in everyday life. If you have these feelings for more than 2 weeks, you should consult a doctor.

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