Major Depressive Disorder, commonly just referred to as depression, is a common illness that may affect anyone regardless of income, socio-economic status, etc.  While statistics reflect that more women are diagnosed with depression than men, major depressive disorder will become a problem for approximately 19 million Americans per year; not to mention the far reaching implications for family members, friend, and others.  Depression is characterized by symptoms that include the following:

  • Persistent low mood or sadness
  • Loss of interest
  • Poor sleep
  • Loss of appetite or over-eating
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt or sense of worthlessness
  • Feeling either significantly slowed down or perhaps restless or keyed up
  • Thoughts of suicide

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