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Understanding Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that goes beyond the general feelings of sadness, despair and hopelessness.  It tends to affect people over the age of 18, and if left untreated, can lead to suicide.  Individuals who suffer from depression experience symptoms that affect sleeping, eating and basic daily functions.  To learn more about the symptoms of depression and where to get help, click here.  You don’t have to feel alone, help is available.

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Is it more than Sadness?

Everyone feels sad, helpless and “down in the dumps” from time to time.  Even the happiest of people can experience bouts of the blues.  Experiences such as divorce, loss of a relative and academic and financial stress, can trigger feelings of sadness.  However, when these feelings last for longer than two weeks and starts to affect your personal, academic or work life, it may be a sign of depression, a mental health disorder that affects the mood.

Because the symptoms for sadness and depression tend to mimic each other, you can take the quiz below to find out what your symptoms mean.  In addition, information about depression is provided and why it is importance to seek treatment as soon as possible.  To access the quiz, click here.

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