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Depression Depression in one form or another affects more than 19 million Americans each year 1 more than 1 in 5 Americans can expect to get some form of depression in their lifetime 2 almost two thirds of all depression cases go untreated 3 15 of those diagnosed with depression commit suicide 4 almost 80 of those who experience depression can feel better with treatment 5 and clinical depression commonly co-occurs with other medical illnesses 6 These statistics are all dramatic and they are all about depression The follow will discuss what depression is causes of depression symptoms of depression different types of depression and also how you can treat depression We start off with the question What is depression the official text book definition of depression is An emotional state in which there are extreme feelings of sadness dejection lack of worth and emptiness 7 Some alternative names for depression are sadness mood changes gloom blues dejected discouragement 8 In simpler terms depression is am emotional sate of feeling down or sad for prolonged periods of time There are many different unique and different causes of stress different causes of stress vary with age and situation The following are the most common causes of depression loss of a friend or relative substantial disappointment at home or at work general stresses prolonged or chronic illness drugs such as tranquilizers high blood pressure medicines steroids prednisone codeine and indomethacin alcohol intoxication alcohol withdrawal drug intoxication drug withdrawal 9 These causes have more to do with adults than teens Specifically depression among teens can be caused by death or divorce of parents death of a special pet pressure to succeed moving peer pressure conflicts or violence at home Physical illness or disability or problems in school 10 Depression can be detected by the following symptoms exhibited be the sufferer Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy including sex feeling sad
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