The term depression was created to describe the persistent feeling of a person feeling unhappy or sad, said Dr. Robert A. Smith, a psychiatrist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who specializes in mental health.
It’s a feeling that comes and goes, and can take many forms, he said.
Depression can be severe and persistent.
It can be triggered by an unexpected event like a loss of job, or by feeling inadequate and inadequate.
But it can also be a result of other things, like a relationship break-up or a relationship breakdown.
So what is it?
Depression is characterized by a sense of worthlessness, Smith said.
It comes and go, but it can be debilitating.
And it can have devastating effects on a person’s life.
In fact, depression is a leading cause of death for people in the United States.
Symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe, but the majority of people with depression will have some kind of chronic negative affect.
Symptoms can range in severity from mild depression to severe depression.
If you have symptoms, it could be because you’re experiencing feelings of low self-esteem, or you’re feeling unhappy about something in your life.
If it’s severe, you may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Sometimes, people with mild depression have a sense that life is unfair and unloving, and they may think of suicide as the only option, Smith added.
When you have this feeling, it can cause you to become depressed.
When a person feels depressed, they’re likely to engage in risky behaviors, including taking drugs, getting drunk, smoking, binge drinking, having suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm, Smith explained.
Symptoms vary widely, but people who are depressed will also have feelings of anxiety, guilt and hopelessness, Smith also said.
They may also be experiencing problems with social interactions and relationships.
In severe cases, a person may be unable to function, have difficulty sleeping, feel weak, suffer from depression, or experience suicidal thoughts, he added.
The good news, Smith noted, is that if you have depression, it’s usually treatable.
If your symptoms are not severe enough to warrant a doctor visit, then you may need to talk to a professional.
You should be seen by a doctor or other mental health professional to be evaluated for depression and other mental illness, Smith recommended.
In some cases, treatment is available, but in others, it may be costly, Smith told CNN.
The key to treatment of depression, he noted, involves taking steps to get you better.
You might try a variety of therapies.
For example, you might have to focus on reducing your anxiety or depression.
You may need a physical therapy session.
You can also talk to your therapist about ways to change your lifestyle.
Some medications that can help with depression include: antidepressants that treat depression.
Depression drugs that can decrease your symptoms of depression.
Psychotherapy medications that help you with your mood.
Some anti-depressants, such as Prozac and Zoloft.
If all else fails, you could seek help from a substance abuse treatment program, Smith suggested.
Depression is treatable and should be managed as a symptom, Smith cautioned.
You’ll likely want to speak to a doctor if you: feel like you’re depressed more than once a month.
Have difficulty sleeping or are unable to eat because of your symptoms.
Have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
Have suicidal thoughts about suicide.
Have an eating disorder.
Have any other health concerns that make you feel depressed, including diabetes, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, or any other chronic health issue.
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And, for some people, it might include taking antidepressants.
In addition, some medications can help relieve symptoms, including: antipsychotics, which are drugs used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
These drugs are used to help treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders.
Depression medications are typically prescribed to treat depressive symptoms.
These include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressant drugs, and anti-psychotic drugs.
They are also used for anxiety disorders, Smith stated.
Depression symptoms can be treated with medication.
Sometimes medications are used in combination with therapy.
For instance, the combination of antidepressant medication and behavioral therapy may help a person manage symptoms of depressive symptoms and improve their quality of life, Smith wrote.
But the medication may be needed for more than one type of symptom.
In other words, if someone is experiencing some other type of anxiety or other symptoms, a medication may not be enough to treat that.
And sometimes medications don’t help everyone, Smith warned.
In that case, it is important to talk with your doctor about treatment options.
If depression symptoms are severe enough that you need treatment, then it’s important to see a doctor.