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Coping with Depression

Depression is all round us.However,many of us fail to recognise depression in ourselves or a loved ones because the mental illness often is disguised as a physical symptom or a seemingly minor change of mood or energy.

Depression can manifest itself in different ways in different people.A sad mood is the most common manifestation of depression,but there are some other signs in other people.

To be accurately diagonised with depression ,you need a constellation of at least five symptoms which have lasted at least two weeks.
These symtoms can include:

Depression can happen to any one ,at any age,of any race or ethnic group.It can be triggered by chemical imbalances in the brain,hormonal changes,medications or things going on in your life.

If you think you may be depressed,discuss your conerns with your physician who may suggest professional counselling or prescribe antidepressant medications.The good news is that depression is a highly treatable illness.No matter what your depression sympoms or if you are taking medications and/or undergoing psychotherapy,there are things you can do to help you cope with depression,speed recovery and help prevent depression from returning.