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About Depression

Depression is treatable.  You can feel better and live well.

Every year, approximately one out of four American adults will experience at least one major depressive episode. 

The vast majority of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms - usually within four to six weeks - after beginning  peer support, medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of these (and other) treatment approaches. 

 

What is Depression?

Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. Often characterized by intensity and duration (of at least two weeks), some common signs and symptoms of depression may include:

Emotional
  • Sadness

  • Anxiety

  • Guilt

  • Anger

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

Cognitive
  • Self-criticism

  • Impaired memory

  • Indecisiveness

  • Confusion

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Physical
  • Chronic fatigue

  • Lack of energy

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Loss of motivation

  • Substance use

Behavioral
  • Withdrawal from others

  • Neglect of responsibilities

  • Changes in physical appearance

  • Self-harm