Depression is a mental state that is typified by low energy levels, sadness, lack of interest in otherwise pleasurable activities. Existing along a spectrum this mental state can range from mild to severe, with suicidal thoughts/actions being a possibility on the severe end of the spectrum. Depression can be found in all age groups, however symptoms of childhood depression vary from adult depression, frequently including anger. Depression is more frequently diagnosed in women than in men, however research indicates that the actual occurrence in males and females is about the same. Depression can occur as a temporary response to a traumatic even or be a chronic long-lasting condition like in major depression.

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