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Unformatted text preview: Understanding Depression What causes Depression? Family History Having a family members who has depression may increase a person’s risk Imbalances of certain chemicals in the brain may lead to depression Major Life Changes Positive or negative events can trigger depression. Examples include the death of a loved one or a promotion. Major Illnesses such as heart attack, stroke or cancer may trigger depression. Certain medications used alone or in combination can cause side effects much like the symptoms of depression. Use of Alcohol or other Drugs can lead to or worsen depression. Depression can also occur for no apparent reason! Symptoms of Depression Vary from person to person 2 key signs are loss of interest in things you like to do and sadness or irritability Additional Signs include: Changes in feelings which may include: Feeling empty Inability to enjoy anything Hopelessness Loss of sexual desire Loss of warm feelings for family or friends Feelings of self blame or guilt Loss of self esteem Inexplicable crying spells, sadness or irritability Changes in behavior and attitude These may include: General slowing down Neglect of responsibilities and appearance Poor memory...
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This note was uploaded on 12/24/2011 for the course STEP 1 taught by Professor Dr.aslam during the Fall '11 term at Montgomery College.

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