Depressive Disorders

Young people with clinical depression (defined as a major depressive episode lasting for a period of two weeks or more) often have multiple symptoms, including a depressed mood, irritability, overeating or lack of appetite, difficulty sleeping at night or wanting to sleep during the daytime, low energy, physical slowness or agitation, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Like many mental health problems, untreated depression can make education or career planning difficult. Fortunately, depression is one of the most treatable of all mental illnesses.

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