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Depression

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It is a common and treatable psychiatric disorder. It's life time prevalence is 15-20%.

It is little more common in females than males and Though it is commonly seen in middle age, childhood and elderly depression isn't uncommon.

Symptoms:

Sadness of mood

Lack of interest.

Hopelessness

Worthlessness

Excessive guilt feeling

Decreased confidence

Low self esteem

Lack of concentration leading to forgetfulness

Disturbed sleep and appetite.

Increased irritability

Fearfulness

Excessive worrying

Suicidal ideas and if not treated patient may attempt suicide.

Duration of symptoms should be minimum two weeks.

And there should be social and occupational impairment.

It's very important to depression as mortality due to suicide is almost 15%.

Hence please don't ignore depression and get it treated.

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