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Depression is not just a brief blue mood or sadness that lifts in a few hours or days. Rather, depression is a mood disturbance characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and negative thoughts. Some people also experience other symptoms such as changes in sleep or appetite, hopelessness, thoughts of suicide, reduced ability to concentrate, irritability, alcohol and drug abuse, low self-esteem, loss of sexual desire, fatigue, frequent crying, withdrawal from others, and loss of pleasure in living.
Mild depression is America’s most common emotional disturbance and most people feel “blue” from time to time. Moderate to severe depression affects one in five people some time in their lives.
College students are at risk for developing depression because the college environment is often quite stressful. In fact, college students have a much higher than average rate of suicide!
Many people do not understand depression, and those who suffer from it are often unwilling to admit they have a problem. They may not recognize their symptoms, are afraid to ask for help, or are too depressed to take action. Untreated depression can interfere with school, work, and relationships.
The links below may help you understand and deal with Depression.
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