Major depression or major depressive disorder is described as uncontrollable feelings of sadness, unhappiness or misery.

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It’s true that most people have short periods of time feeling this way, however, some people have these feelings for weeks or months. The cause of this disease is unknown, but seems to be influenced by chemical imbalances within the brain that may be caused by biological factors or exposure to traumatic events.

These types of chemical imbalances likely are biological and run in the family, but it can also occur even if there is no family history.

Outside Factors That Seem to Contribute to Major Depression Include:

  • Drug or Alcohol Abuse
  • Medical Conditions
  • Prescription Drugs (Steroids)
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Major Life Changes: Trouble in school, break ups, divorce, abuse or neglect and loss of job are some examples.

There are many symptoms of major depressive disorder and the symptoms are highly personal to the individual. Not everyone diagnosed with major depressive disorder will experience all or even most of these symptoms.

Major Depression Symptoms Can Include:

  • Agitation, restlessness, irritability
  • Change in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless or guilty
  • Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Irregular sleep patterns

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