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What is depression?

  • A mental illness that affects the body and the mind
  • It is more than the blues
  • It is more than the normal everyday ups and downs in life
  • It is when these down feelings occur nearly every day for two weeks or more

What are some symptoms of depression?

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and/or guilt
  • Finding little pleasure in life
  • Loss of interest in activities they normally enjoy
  • Unable to concentrate or make decisions
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up
  • Loss or gain of weight
  • Loss of energy
  • Irritability

What are the treatment options for depression?

  • Medication
  • Counseling
  • Both Medication and Counseling

What individuals can treat depression?

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Community mental health centers
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Other health care professionals

For Immediate help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the national Hopeline network at 1-800-784-2433.

In an emergency call 9-1-1.


Channing Bete Company, Inc. (2005 Edition). Depression-There’s hope and help. One Community Place, South Deerfield, MA 01373

Internet Resources

National Institute of Mental Health: Depression (NIMH)

National Institute of Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder (NIMH)

Contact Information

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