According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) created by the American Psychology Association, depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently low moods and loss of interest that causes significant impairment in daily functioning abilities. Those diagnosed with major depression report the most prominent symptom being profound sadness and a sense of despair that interferes with daily activities and functioning.
In order to be diagnosed with major depression, one must be experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks, but usually, the symptoms of depression continue even longer, sometimes lasting even months or years.
Many people diagnosed with depressive disorders also struggle with anxiety as well. They tend to worry excessively about normal daily circumstances and their health. They may struggle in interpersonal relationships, sexual functioning, and in their work-life as well.
Many people with depression are at higher risk of developing a problem with abusing alcohol, drugs, and other substances and/or behavioral addictions.
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