What Is Depression?


Adara Cardenas, Contributor

What is depression? Depression is a common and serious medical illness that has negative effects. The negative effects are the way you think or act. It can also cause feelings of sadness and or a loss of interest. Depression can cause a change in appetite. It can cause people who suffer from depression to sleep a lot. Depression can cause a loss of energy, feeling worthless or guilty. It causes people to have thoughts about death.

Women are more likely to experience depression than men. Depression affects the estimated 1 in 15 adults. To be able to get diagnosed with depression you need to feel the symptoms for at least two or more weeks. Most people won’t feel all the symptoms.

Depression is one of the most common disorders in the U.S. This disorder can be treated with medication. Antidepressants are one of the common medications you could take to treat it.

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