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What is depression?

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Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.

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Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure, and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to significant impairment, other health-related issues, and in rare cases, suicide.
(Sources: National Institute of Mental Health and National Women’s Health Center.)

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