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Depression

Depression is when feelings of loss, anger, sadness, or frustration make it hard for you to do the things you enjoy in everyday life. Although everyone feels sad sometimes, depression lasts longer and interferes with your daily life.

Depression is one of the most common illnesses, affecting about 18 million Americans each year. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. You can have a single episode of depression, or depression that comes back or lasts a long time (more than 2 years). Many experts think that depression is a chronic illness that needs long-term treatment.

The primary types of depression include:

Other common forms of depression include:

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Review Date: 3/25/2015  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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