Depression can be devastating to family relationships, friendships, and the ability to work or go to school. Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. Some people have only a few symptoms, while others have many.
Symptoms can change over time and may include:
Depression often coexists with other conditions, such as delivering a baby or chronic disease. The stress of coping with the disease may cause depression. Or depression may be caused by the disease itself or by medications used to treat the disease. Disorders commonly associated with depression include:
Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Updated May 2016. Accessed August 24, 2016.
Depression in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T906140/Depression-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated August 10, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Depression in elderly patients. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T906139/Depression-in-elderly-patients. Updated May 31, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Major depressive disorder (MDD). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116638/Major-depressive-disorder-MDD. Updated September 20, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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