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I want to know what is the difference between "depression", "feeling down", and "having a depression"?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Difference: We all feel depressed or down from time to time. Clinical depression lasts at least 2 weeks.Symptoms of depression can include: feeling sad, irritable or angry. There can be a decrease in sex drive. Energy level & motivation levels may drop. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep may increase or decrease. Weight can change in relation to increase or decrease >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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decrease in appetite. Concentration or memory may decline. There can be an absence of joy as well as feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. Self esteem may plummet and feelings of guilt may rise. There may be crying spells or thoughts about death or suicide. Confidence in making decisions may drop.
Apr 22, 2013

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I want to know 'depression '?

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Dr. Virginio Rodriguez
Pediatrics 36 years experience
How do you know?: ...depressive symptoms are characteristically presented as losing interest on the things that used to motivate you, losing interest on how you look, sadness that is uncontrollable, irritability, avoiding social interaction and thoughts of that life is not even attractive to be continued..if you ever feel this way you should contact your doctor be evaluated by psychiatrist or started on medication

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