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Facts You Need to Know About Depression

Com­mon symp­toms and risk fac­tors of depression

Symp­toms

  • Feel­ings of hope­less­ness, sad­ness, guilt, grief etc., that last longer than two weeks
  • Extreme weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of inter­est in activ­i­ties that you used to enjoy
  • Lack of energy
  • Thoughts of sui­cide or death

Risk Fac­tors for Depression

  • Drug or alco­hol abuse
  • His­to­ry of an anx­i­ety dis­or­der or oth­er men­tal illness
  • Cer­tain med­ica­tions (make sure you talk to your doc­tor before stop­ping any medication)
  • His­to­ry of depres­sion, bipo­lar dis­or­der and sui­cide in your family

If you think you may be suf­fer­ing from depres­sion please call your pri­ma­ry care physi­cian to make an appointment.