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How to Recognize Depression Symptoms

How can you tell the difference between sadness and depression? There are several symptoms you can look for to help yourself and others.

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In This Article:

  • Depression is a disease, and it should be treated as such. While the symptoms may be less obvious, affecting the brain rather than the body, that doesn’t mean depression can’t take a drastic toll on your overall health.
  • People who have depressed relatives, abuse drugs or alcohol, have certain chronic medical conditions or had traumatic experiences during childhood are most susceptible. Women get it twice as often as men, and the first episodes most often occur in early adulthood.
  • If you think a friend or loved one may be in trouble, take the initiative to approach them. Depression can hinder a person’s ability to act on their own and get help.

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