Types of depression
- Sadness, anxiousness or emptiness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
- Decreased energy and loss of interest in hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia, or excessive sleep
- Over eating, or loss of appetite
- Thoughts of suicide
Individuals may experience variations in symptoms and severity.
- Have a family history of depression
- Have experienced a traumatic event
- Are single, widowed, separated or divorced
- Are socially isolated
- Are medically ill
- Display alcohol or substance abuse
- Low income earners
- Low level of education
- Low socioeconomic status
Professional treatment such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor or social worker is generally recommended to individuals experiencing a moderate to severe form of mental illness. A mental health professional may recommend various treatments such as behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy or antidepressant medication.
Self care, including taking time for yourself, getting physical activity and eating well, can lessen the symptoms for people experiencing mood disorders. Read more about self care and alternative treatment options.
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