SEGEL PSYCHOLOGICAL CENTER

Depression

Depression effects many people and can often be quite debilitating. Associated symptoms include, but are not limited to loss of energy, loss of interest in people or activities, changes in ones appetite or weight, difficulties concentrating, sadness, feelings of hopelessness, self-dislike, suicidal thoughts, and irritability. Clinical depression is significant enough to negatively interfere with a person’s life and functioning for extended periods of time. Often times a person who is depressed will also experience symptoms of anxiety.

Although the prevalence rate of depression is said to be higher in women, it is a disorder that affects both males and females. Further depression can effect people of all ages. Children who are depressed may present as irritable rather than sad. Depression is thought to have a variety of causal factors that are both biological and environmental in nature.

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