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Most people have episodes of feeling downcast, sad, or depressed. Major depression, on the other hand, is a state of mind in which the melancholy mood is persistent, pervasive, and constant, continuing for weeks or months.
The symptoms include crying for insufficient cause, a sense of hopelessness, loss of interest in hobbies and achievements, loss of ability to experience pleasure, loss of self-esteem, feelings of guilt and unworthiness to receive help, inability to think, concentrate, and be decisive, and thoughts of suicide or dying. These are accompanied by physical problems, such as the inability to sleep or sleeping too much, a decrease or an increase in appetite, a loss, or gain in weight, feelings of weakness and fatigue, and constipation, dizziness, and headache.
Depression – the most common of the major mental illnesses is estimated to afflict more than 15 percent of Americans at some time in their lives. This disorder appears to run in families and is generally inherited.