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8 Effects of Depression
- Distorts your thinking
- Makes you irritable
- Increased physical symptoms (aches pains, chronic fatigue, decreased appetite, insomnia, and decreased interest in sex)
- Decreased interest in daily tasks and things you used to enjoy
- Recurrent thoughts or preoccupation with suicide or death
- Weakened immune system
- Weight problems
- Cognitive changes
Depression is treatable and any person who believes they have depression should seek care from a licensed mental health professional. Depression comes and goes, but this does not mean one should not seek professional help because they feel better. Professionals offer many types of therapy and medications. Working with a qualified professional, a person suffering from depression can regain control of their life.
Some places and people that make referrals for treatment are family doctors, mental health specialists, community mental health specialists, community mental health cents, hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics, university or medical school affiliated programs, state hospital outpatient clinics, and family and social agencies.