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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad.  But these feelings are usually short lived and pass within a couple of days.  When you have depression, it interceders with daily life and causes pain for both your and those who care about you.  Depression is a common but serious illness.
Many people with depressive illness never seek treatment.  But the majority, even those with most severe depression, can get better with treatment.  Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.
There are several forms of depressive disorders.  We will now focus on major depressive disorder.  Major depressive disorder is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat,and enjoy once pleasurable activities.  Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.  Some people may experience only  a single episode with their lifetime, but more often person may have multiple episodes;
Major depression can include: psychotic depression with some type of psychosis, such as disturbing false beliefs  or a break with reality (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
Other type of major depressive disorders include postpartum depression,. seasonal affective disorder (which is characterized the onset of depression during winter months), which there is less natural sunlight.  Bipolar Disorder also called manic depressive illness can be a factor which includes major depression.
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