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How do you define depression?
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Dr. Kira Stein
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Group of Symptoms
Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms - something we call a syndrome - that includes a persistent and pervasive period of sadness and/or a lack of joy, usually associated with feelings of excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death.

In brief: Group of Symptoms
Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms - something we call a syndrome - that includes a persistent and pervasive period of sadness and/or a lack of joy, usually associated with feelings of excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death.
Dr. Kira Stein
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Dr. Kira Stein
The most important thing to know is that clinical depression is treatable with a whole host of non-drug and drug approaches, from psychotherapy, to medications, to brain stimulation techniques. Exercise and a healthy diet always can help. If you or a loved one suffers from depression, talk with your primary care doctor and get referred to a psychiatrist and a talk therapist.
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: See below
Daily depressed mood, lack of enjoyment in hobbies, increase or decrease in sleep, lack of interest in sex, irritability, lack of focus or concentration at school or work.
Thoughts of self harm can also be a telltale sign. Depression is different for everyone. If you are unhappy and it's not improving, see your physician or a counselor.

In brief: See below
Daily depressed mood, lack of enjoyment in hobbies, increase or decrease in sleep, lack of interest in sex, irritability, lack of focus or concentration at school or work.
Thoughts of self harm can also be a telltale sign. Depression is different for everyone. If you are unhappy and it's not improving, see your physician or a counselor.
Dr. James Cunnar
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