A Brighter Tomorrow - Depression

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It affects one in 15 people every year.

Depression can cause you to lose interest in an activity you once enjoyed. Mental health professionals also say it can also lead to a variety of emotional and physical issues. 

The American Psychiatric Association says Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

The American Psychiatric Association says depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Treatments may include medication or talk therapy. 

Mental health experts say there are several things that people can do to reduce symptoms. They suggest exercise, getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol.