Did you know depression affects 1 in 15 adults in any given year? 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some point in their lives. The most common age group is teens and mid-20’s.  Women are more likely to have depression.


What are some of the symptoms of depression? Well according to the American Psychiatric Association

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite, weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (could be severe enough to be observable by others)
  • Felling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

They say it must last two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning.

What it isn’t

When a loved one dies or you lose your job, ending a relationship, these are difficult times in one’s life. I know I have experienced several of them. These are just setbacks, to life. And these could be called sadness,  or grief/bereavement.


Can be some painful feelings that come in waves and can last most of two weeks. Your self-esteem is usually maintained. Yes, you can have thoughts about death as you are wanting to join the deceased of a loved one.

Risk Factors

What type of factors can play a role in someone’s depression. Well,

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Personality
  • Environmental factors


This can range from Medication to talking to a psychiatrist. Yes, talking about what is going on in your life that is causing depression. You can do what is called talk therapy “Psychotherapy” and that could help a person in 10 to 15 sessions. You can also do what is called electroconvulsive

Persistent Depressive

Well, the symptoms include the following:

  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness


It seems that I have had all of these symptoms. What does this mean? Well, we will find out on t Wednesday (Jan. 12, 2022)


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