Mental Health


Depression is a common mental health disorder that profoundly affects a person’s mood, emotions and daily functioning. Depression is characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, decreased energy and impaired cognitive function.


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The causes of depression can be complex and multifactorial, involving genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. The diagnosis of depression is made by a mental health professional, who assesses the symptoms and their duration, as well as their impact on the individual’s overall functioning.


Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but they may include a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, changes in appetite and sleep, fatigue, concentration difficulties, decreased self-esteem, feelings of guilt, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety disorders.

Depression can have a significant impact on quality of life, personal relationships, work, and daily activities. It can also be associated with physical health problems, such as chronic pain and sleep disorders.


Prevention of depression often involves a multifactorial approach aimed at promoting mental health and strengthening emotional resilience. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, learning to manage stress, avoiding isolation, and cultivating healthy social relationships are the most effective ways to prevent depression.

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Treatment for depression may involve a combination of psychotherapeutic therapy and antidepressant medication. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help modify negative thought patterns and acquire positive coping skills.

Antidepressant medications may be prescribed to help regulate chemical imbalances in the brain associated with depression. Other treatment approaches may also be utilized, such as group therapy, family therapy, regular exercise, practicing relaxation techniques, and social support.

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