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Facts You Need To Know About Depression

By Jean Houlihan, MD

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.


Topics and Subtopics: Mental Health

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