Various Types of Depression and Its Symptoms

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By Peter sams

The American Heritage Dictionary describes depression as being "a psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death."

Depression is the common cold of mental disorders - " most people will be affected by depression in their lives either directly or indirectly, through a friend or family member. Confusion is commonplace about depression, for example, about what depression exactly is and what makes it different from just feeling down.

The facts
If you are depressed, you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, and usually last for weeks, or months, rather than days.
Depression can affect people of any age, including children. Studies have shown that 2 percent of teenagers in the UK are affected by depression.

Symptoms
Generally, the symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad, hopeless and despairing
- A loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities
- Loss of appetite or weight
- Loss of sex drive
- Sleeping problems, such as an inability to get to sleep or early waking