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One of the common misconceptions about DEPRESSION is that, its a state of the mind 

In reality, depression or depressive disorder is a serious medical illness and it affects nearly one in 10 adults every year, and women are more likely to experience it than men. 

There are three common types of depression, Major depression, dysthymic disorder, and minor depression, bear in mind environmental factors like exposure to violence, abuse can trigger depression, and the severity and duration vary among them.

One thing is consistent, depression can seriously and negatively affect the way you feel, think, and act if gone untreated, It's important to be able to identify when you may need to seek professional help.

So how do you identify the signs of depression from signs of sadness? Symptoms must continue for at least two for them to be representative of depression, while sometimes sadness and grief can feel like depression, there are usually a few distinguishing factors. 

For instance when people grieve, though they may feel intensely sad, those painful feelings tend to be intermixed with happy memories; and the circumstances don't typically affect self-esteem. Those who suffer from depression are more likely to be void of positive thoughts or happiness and to be void of self-esteem.

Dr. Ijeaoma a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders, also noted that a key differentiation is thoughts of suicide , if you experience suicidal thoughts it is important to seek help.

According to Dr. Ijeoma: some common signs of depression are:

Sadness that never goes away

Low energy (constant fatigue)


Difficulty concentrating 

Feeling of hopelessness 

To determine if you may be suffering from depression, do some self-evaluation (ask yourself a few questions)

*Am I tired all the time?

*Am I able to enjoy parts of my life

*Is it difficult to get out of bed 

*Am I crying more than usual 

*Am I having trouble concentrating 

Seek professional help if you're experiencing these symptoms, reach out to friends for help and support, it can be scary to talk about it, chances are the more you talk about it, the more people you'll find, who have been through something similar and are willing to help.



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