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does depression come on suddenly?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Generally not: The emotion of sadness can certainly come on suddenly, in response to loss or hurt of some kind. The illness of depression is very different. Depression involves changes in energy, mood, sleep, appetite, and interest -- and generally involves a more gradual worsening and feeling of stuckness. The person needs help to move through. Sadness is painful, but can usually relent on its own.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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