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Depression, a serious brain disorder, is more than just “feeling down” or “blue.” It’s a persistent problem that affects everyday life. Symptoms of depression include the following:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Weight changes
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of uselessness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression: what you should know

  • A variety of factors can cause depression:
    • Genetics
    • Environmental factors
    • Psychological issues, such as stress
    • Brain chemistry
  • You can first experience depression as early as 15. Depression is more common in women than men.
  • Depression, which is one part of bipolar disorder, has different forms. Here are some examples:
    • Postpartum depression (after pregnancy and the birth of a baby)
    • Seasonal affective disorder (depression during the winter season)
  • Don’t ignore thoughts or comments about suicide. Talk to your doctor right away.