LiveWell Minute: Depression

People often talk about being depressed or anxious, but what's the difference between feeling depressed and depression?

Dr.  Kevin Carroll, Director of Behavioral Health says, "Everyone can feel depressed, a bit down once in a while, but actual depression is a medical disease that interferes with daily life and causes pain for both the sufferer and those who love them."

The exact cause isn't known, but most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.

Symptoms can include sadness, hopelessness, persistent feelings of sadness, helplessness, anxiety, guilt, fatigue, emptiness, helplessness, loss of interest, worthlessness or pessimism, trouble concentrating or making decisions, insomnia, oversleeping, overeating and more.

Medication, therapy and other methods are highly effective in alleviating depression.  Anyone concerned about depression should talk to their healthcare provider about treatment options.