What is depression?

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What is depression?

Dwelling on negative thoughtsFeeling of hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty

Feelings of sadnessLoss of interests


cognittive behavioral therapyinterpersonal therapyproblem solving therapy

causes of depression

HORMONES body balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression



LIFE EVENTS.the loss or the death of someone that you love

DEPRESSIONthat causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Depression affects how the person feels, behaves and thinks.Depression can lead to emotional and physical problems. Typically, people with depression find it hard to go about their day-to-day activities, and may also feel that life is not worth living.Feeling sad, or what we may call "depressed", happens to all of us.Your text here

What is depression???




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When Jessica C. moved to New York City, she knew her transition would be stressful. After all, she was starting a new job and settling into a new apartment. Plus, she had to learn her way around one of the world’s busiest cities. “It was a lot all at once,” she says. “Everything did seem like it was falling apart.” The anxiety proved too much: Jessica stopped eating, lost 15 pounds, and felt tired frequently. Thinking the anxiety from her move was at the root of her problems, she sought out a therapist. “I knew I had some personal things I had to be conscious of, but I didn’t realize the extent of my problems.”After a lengthy search for a therapist, Jessica found a psychiatrist, and after her first visit, she had her diagnosis. It wasn’t an anxiety disorder as she had suspected; it was major depressive disorder (MDD). She was given a low-dose antidepressant and another medicine to help treat the anxiety.“I was surprised with the diagnosis. I called my mom after the first appointment because I had this feeling of shame. I remember asking her, ‘What if this medication makes me become a new person?’ She reminded me there was no shame in this diagnosis,” she says.That was six months ago, and Jessica feels as if she has a new lease on life. She continues the low-dose antidepressant, and her anti-anxiety medication is used only on an as-needed basis now. She sees her psychiatrist once a week, but they’re working on a long-term plan that includes meeting less frequently. As for Jessica and what she understands in retrospect: “Some people don’t realize depression can come from a major life change. My problems aren’t rooted in abuse, and I don’t have a family history of problems,” Jessica says. “If you don’t feel right, get help.”The Loss of a Loved One“I lost my dad to suicide when I was 19 years old,” says Kathryn G. “It was a tragedy for our whole family, and we all dealt with it in much different ways. But I’ve come to realize a lot of the things that happened to me happened because of the way I lost my dad.”Kathryn’s loss translated into a decade of acting out—excessive drinking, partying, having lots of boyfriends. She began seeing a therapist when she was in her 20s, but major depressive disorder coupled with attention deficient hyperactive disorder (ADHD) made diagnosis and treatment difficult. “It took me a long time to really understand depression and to feel kind of OK talking about it,” admits Kathryn, now in her 40s.For Kathryn, the key to getting better is therapy, which she still attends weekly. (She does use medicine and has for a while.) She had to visit several therapists before finding one she really felt connected with her and helped her stay grounded. “It has to be comfortable. I went to some that just really felt off, and I knew it wasn’t a good fit,” she says. “But it really should be a nurturing yet tough relationship that makes me be accountable for things.”



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