What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Everyone at one time or another has felt depressed, sad, or blue. Being depressed is a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But sometimes the feeling of sadness becomes intense, lasting for long periods of time and preventing a person from leading a normal life. This is depression, a mental illness that if left untreated, can worsen, lasting for years and causing untold suffering, and possibly even result in suicide. It is important to recognize the signs of depression and seek help if you or your loved one is exhibiting depression symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of depression include:
Warning Signs of Suicide
If you or someone you know shows any of the following warning signs, contact a mental health professional right away or go to the emergency room for immediate treatment.
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