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What is Depression?

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 thoughts about everything. Fifteen percent of people who have a serious depression may eventually commit 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

Facts about the ProblemThe 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.

Articles About Depression


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» There May Be a Reason Life Seems So Rough

» Accommodation or Transformation

» Coping with the Catch 22s of Depression

» Suicide - GPSolo Magazine

» Dark Secrets

» Depression in the Legal Profession

»The Devastation of Depression

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Robert B. Thornhill, MS, LPC, MLAP
(334) 517-2238 - Phone
(334) 517-2239 - Fax
(334) 224-6920
24 Hour Confidential Helpline
Sandra Dossett
Assistant to the Director
(334) 517-2244 - Phone
(334) 517-2245 - Fax
Shannon Knight, MS, ADC
Case Manager
(334) 517-2216 - Phone
(334) 517-2217 - Fax
Jeanne Marie Leslie, M.Ed., MLAP, Founding Program Director (1959-2012)