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Depression (clinical)

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Introduction
Clinical depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. When you're clinically depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months.
Symptoms of clinical depression
The symptoms of depression can be complex. If you are depressed, you often lose interest in things you used to enjoy. The symptoms persist for weeks or months.
Causes
There is no single cause of depression, and people develop depression for different reasons. Depression has many different triggers.
Diagnosing clinical depression
See your GP if you think you have depression. Your GP may give you a physical examination and do some blood or urine tests to rule out other conditions.
Treating clinical depression
Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of drugs, talking therapies and self-help. Treatment is based on the type of depression you have.
Living with clinical depression
There are some key steps you can take to lift your mood and help your recovery from depression. Research suggests that exercise can be very effective.
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