Everyone experiences sadness at times, but depression is typically more on-going. In a recent survey of college students, 45% reported they felt so depressed that it was difficult to function at least one time in the past year.
- Is a normal, painful response to challenging life events.
- Usually passes when the challenging even passes.
- Is something we all experience at some point in our lives.
- May or may not include feelings of sadness
- Interferes with the activities of daily life
- Includes a cluster of symptoms
- May or may not arise out of a painful experience, so a person might not identify a reason for symptoms.
Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. People who have a family history of depression are at an increased risk of depression. Major life changes, trauma and stress can also bring about an episode of depression, although some episodes of depression begin without any obvious external cause. Fortunately, depression is treatable.
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