What is Depression
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Depression is a mood disorder that affects the mind and body. There are those who have the blues now and then, and that's natural, it comes from tension and stress. Then there are those who suffer severe depression and its painful and overwhelming.

Woman are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Woman who survived childhood abuse are most lightly to suffer more from this disorder. Considering the abuse, it's no wonder.

Those that live with severe depression feel physical discomfort like aches, pains, poor sleep, feelings of loneliness, disappointments and suicidal thoughts. they loss pleasure and the things they once enjoyed are no longer pleasing. And the list of symptoms goes on.


Slowing down
Neglect of responsibilities and appearance
Poor memory
Lost of concentration
Feelings of emptiness
Feelings of hopelessness
Loss of sexual desire
Loss of warm feelings for family
Guilty feelings
Low self-esteem
Lack of energy
Upset stomach
Lost of appetite
Weight gain
Suicidal actions
Sleeping too much

If you or anyone you know has any of the symptoms above contact a professional. Most depressions can be successfully treated without hospitalization. Talk to a Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Counselor or Minister. Or contact a community mental health center, general hospital, mental health clinics or your Physician. You can also contact a self help group or a suicide prevention hotline.

If you think you may be depressed learn the facts on depression.
Causes, types and treatments. There is help for you or anyone you know if you are in need. Take care of yourselves and don't lose hope!

Stay strong and stay safe!

Keren Valentin
Depression Alliance
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