Dealing with Depression

What causes depression?

No one knows exactly what causes depression. Stressful events could lead to depression, such as a serious loss or financial problems. Depression is thought to even run in a family.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause could cause depression. People who have been diagnosed with cancer or those who have had a stroke can suffer from depression.

What is depression?

Depression is an illness that affects your mind and body. You may feel hopeless, exhausted, sad or helpless.

What can I expect?

See your Doctor if you think you might have depression. There are many treatments that can help. You can get either medicine or counseling or both. Follow your Doctors' treatment plan and let them know if your symptoms are getting worse.

What are some symptoms of depression?

  • Thinking about death or suicide
  • Not sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling sad almost every day or crying for no reason
  • No energy
  • Loss of interest in what you once enjoyed
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless, or worthless

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