What is Depression?
Depression is an illness that involves the whole person. It includes the person's body, mood, and thinking. It affects eating and sleeping habits, feelings about self, and thinking that is distorted and negative. A significant proportion of people who have a serious depression may eventually attempt suicide. Don't let this happen to you or to someone you know. Confidential help is available through the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program. To get help, simply call Robert Thornhill at (334) 224-6920.
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Facts about the Problem
The primary symptom of depression is the inability to experience pleasure. Depression is an illness that is all consuming, completely enveloping a person's life. The condition causes one to feel hopeless, helpless, sad, or down during most of the day, almost every day. Depressed people experience feelings of guilt and unworthiness. Sleeping patterns are adversely affected, as are eating habits, often resulting in excessive weight loss or gain. People feel hopeless and often believe that they and everyone else would be better off if they were dead. They may be suicidal. Depression is not the result of weakness, moral defect, or deficiency of character. Rather, it is a chronic disease, the nature of which can be organic, psychological, or interpersonal.