What is Depression?
Depression is characterized by feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness that persists for weeks and significantly interferes with a person's day to day functioning. Depression can present in various ways. Some common symptoms include persistent sad or "empty" feelings, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, fatigue and decreased energy, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions, insomnia or excessive sleeping, overeating or appetite loss, physical complaints (e.g., body aches, headache, digestive problems), thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts.
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