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The first step towards recognizing depression is awareness of the symptoms. Depression symptoms include reduced social interest, withdrawal, increase or decrease in weight, excessive sleeping, insomnia, sulking, irritability, distractibility, decrease in school performance, drug and alcohol abuse and impulsivity. Bipolar disease is a related disorder and has symptoms of sadness alternating with energy, mania, inflated self-esteem and reduced sleep. Depression may be caused by hereditary factors, low self-esteem, illness, injury, abuse, parental divorce or death of someone close. Once depression is diagnosed it is generally easy to treat successfully.
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About: Depression has recognizable symptoms and is treatable
Date: 19 November 2004
Source: Community News
Author: Andrew Scott
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