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Most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times and is a normal reaction to stresses in life. When the feelings become overwhelming and last for long periods of time, they can impair normal functioning and seeking help is necessary.


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:


- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

- Fatigue and decreased energy

- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

- Irritability, restlessness

- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

- Overeating or appetite loss

- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that    do not ease even with treatment

- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

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