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:
- 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:
- 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.