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Depression is an illness. It affects the whole body, including the brain. It can change how a person feels emotionally and physically. Depression is treatable so it is important to speak with a health care provider if you experience any of the following:

Minor Depression

These feelings may be present for an extended period of time.

Major Depression

A more acute illness with symptoms of minor depression and some of these additional symptoms.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

A reaction to lack of daylight. Symptoms can mimic those of minor or major depression. Occasionally people may experience this during the summer. Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder for both winter and summer include the following:


Getting Help

If you have experienced symptoms of minor depression or SAD for a while, consult a health care provider. If symptoms of major depression have been present for two weeks or more, contact a health care provider. Should you be experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact a health care provider or crisis line immediately.


Many times treatment options are used in combinations. Some possible treatments include:

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