Depression is an illness that interferes with daily activities. It’s not the same as being unhappy and it is not a sign of personal weakness. Symptoms of depression can include: changes in eating or sleeping patterns; persistent sadness and anxiety; irritability and fatigue; feeling worthless and hopeless; loss of ability to concentrate; and a lack of energy in an individual. Depression is a physiological condition caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, and is not a condition that can be willed or wished away. Treatment is often necessary and can be crucial to recovery.
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Additional Information/Follow Up
If you think that you or someone you know is suffering from depression, visit the American Psychological Association. In addition, Crozer-Keystone Health System offers help through the Department of Psychiatry at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. For more information, call 610-874-5257 to make an appointment.