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Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It can affect a person's thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical well-being. Depression is a common condition that can vary in severity, ranging from mild to severe.

It's important to note that experiencing symptoms occasionally doesn't necessarily indicate depression. However, if symptoms persist for an extended period (usually two weeks or more) and significantly impact daily functioning, it's advisable to seek professional help.

Key symptoms of depression may include:

  1. Persistent sadness or a low mood.

  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.

  3. Changes in appetite or weight.

  4. Sleep disturbances (insomnia or excessive sleeping).

  5. Fatigue or lack of energy.

  6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.

  7. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

  8. Thoughts of death or suicide.

Depression can result from a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. Treatment options for depression often include a combination of psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and support from friends and family. Common types of psychotherapy used to treat depression include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy.

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