Depression What Is It !!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

· Depression is a biological disorder that is made worse by life stress.
· Depression has characteristic symptoms that affect a person's thoughts
feelings, and everyday functioning.
· Antidepressant drugs help relieve some of the symptoms but take time t
· You and your friends and family can help overcome depression by keepin
busy, avoiding negative thinking, solving problems, and reducing stress.

Adapted, with permission from Falloon IRH, Depression: How to Cope with it, Buckingham Health Services; and Health Public Affairs, Department of Health, NSW.
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UK by IN 2 Mail Ltd, Fax: +44 (0)1252 322315; PO Box 55, Aldershot, Hampshire GU21 4FP.
Sydney: World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 1999, and World Health Organization. Mental Disorders in Primary Care: a WHO Education Package, 1998.

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