Everybody has "the blues" or "feels down" from time to time. It's normal
to feel sad for short periods, especially if something bad had happened in our
lives. But those of us who suffer from have much more than "the
blues", and our feelings can last for a long time.
There are many sufferers of this illness; at any one time, 5% of
Canadians are depressed, and 10-20% will suffer from it at one point in their
But family and friends who've never experienced true depression can have
trouble understanding what it's like. Many people find it difficult to think of
depression as an illness because their are no obvious physical symptoms. But
depression is an illness, which is caused by ...

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that once made you
happy; feel a lack of self-confidence or feeling like a failure; lost your
appetite, or are eating more than usual; have had trouble sleeping, or been
sleeping too much; had trouble concentrating and making decisions; and thought
about death and/or suicide.
Knowing the causes for depression can help depressed people, friends,
family understand how painful it is and why it's not possible to "snap out of
it". It's still not completely clear why depression happens to some of us and
not to others, but their are some triggers: stressful events or a loss, physical
illness, hormone levels, and use of certain medications, drugs, or alcohol.
Most of us think sadness when we think of depression, but there are
other physical, emotional, and mental effects, too. Many depressed people feel
helpless, and as if this is the way that they are going to feel forever. They
have a lack of energy and a lack of interest in life. It's hard for them to ever
imagine feeling happy or ...

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