Written by Emily McBride (last updated November 18, 2009)
Depression is one of the most common psychological problems that people deal with. Almost everyone knows someone that has gone through or is going through some form of depression, if not suffering from some form of depression themselves. Many people suffering from depression don't realize that there is actually a chemical imbalance in their bodies, and they blame it on themselves. Because of this, a lot of people suffering from depression don't get the treatment they need. It's important to look for symptoms of depression, whether in yourself or in the life of a loved one. Here is a list of some of the signs of depression, although it is in no way complete:
Clinical depression is a very real problem, and if you have any feeling that you may be suffering from it, go to your doctor and talk to him or her about it. He or she will be better able to diagnose you and help you get over your problem. If you feel that a loved one is suffering from depression, try to talk to him or her about it. Offer your support, and encourage him or her to get professional help. Try to comfort and let him or her know that he or she is not to blame. Also, don't try to carry the burden all by yourself. Encourage your loved one to talk to someone else that he or she trusts as well.
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