What is Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a medical illness, which affects how you feel, act, and think. Depression left unchecked can reduce your ability to work and live a full life. Depression, however, is treatable.
What are the symptoms of depression?
- Symptoms lasting more than 2 weeks and show a change in your previous functioning may be signs of depression.
Who is most likely to suffer from depression?
Depression or Major Depression can affect anyone, however, more often it affects people between the ages of 40 and 70. Older or younger people are at higher risk for Severe Depression. Depression in those above the age of 65 affects 6 million in the US, however 90% of those do not seek help. Higher than normal risk factors may include:
What are the causes of depression?
While there are many life events or biological factors which cause depression the most common factors which may increase the chance of depression are:
What are treatments for depression?
Depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders, in fact over 80% respond well to treatment and nearly all reflect a positive change or decrease in their symptoms. The most common forms of treatment are:
Why see a psychiatrist for depression?
Seeing a psychiatrist or neuropsychiatrist will help control your stress, which may improve your cardiovascular health and reduce your chances of a chronic disease. A psychiatrist will be able to give you insight into how to deal with your depression, provide medication, and develop a long-term plan for getting you back to the life you want to live.
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