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Suicide Prevention

0 21 January 2015

PHOT0014.JPGWhat is depression?

Depression is a psychological condition that affects your feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. Although most of us feel sad one time or another, a clinically diagnosed depression is a mood disorder marked by persistent sadness, discouragement, and loss of interest in usual activities.  

Who is likely to develop depression?

Depression affects men and women of all ages, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. Although the most common time of onset is between the ages of 30 and 40, teenagers can also experience depression.  

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Persistent sadness
  • Irritable mood
  • Feeling of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite: increase or decrease
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

 

What are the causes of depression?

  • Social environment: Conflicts with peer groups, breakup of a relationship
  • Family environment: