A Major Depressive Episode is more than just feeling sad or “going through a rough time.” It is characterized by feeling down, worthless, and hopeless for more than two weeks. Depressive episodes affect day to day functioning, motivation, and concentration, which can be very distressing.
What are the symptoms of a Major Depressive Episode?
Changes in sleep
Changes in appetite
Lack of concentration
Loss of energy
Lack of interest and pleasure in activities
Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
Feeling agitated or slowed down
Physical symptoms like headaches, digestive disorders, and aches and pains
Suicidal thoughts or intentions
What are the causes and risk factors associated with a Major Depressive Episode?
Depression does not have one single cause and varies person to person. The following causes may contribute to the development of depression:
What are the treatment options for individuals with Depression?
Depression is highly treatable and treatments often consist of addressing problematic thought patterns, antidepressant drugs, and even mindfulness meditation.
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