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please answer my questions about depression….
1. How can you determine if an illness is causing depression or depression is causing an    illness?
2. Is depression a mental illness?
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Rony stephen.
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Namaste,

If you suffer from five or more of the following symptoms of depression and these symptoms are present for two weeks or longer without physical cause, you should contact a professional mental healthcare provider for further evaluation. Check symptoms of depression that apply to you:

__ Persistent sad or "empty" mood
__ Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities, including sex
__ Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
__ Sleep disturbances (insomnia, early-morning waking, or oversleeping)
__ Eating disturbances (loss of appetite and weight, or weight gain)
__ Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
__ Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
__ Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
__ Irritability
__ Excessive crying
__ Chronic aches and pains that don't respond to treatment

In the workplace, depression may be recognized by:

__ Decreased productivity
__ Morale problems
__ Lack of cooperation
__ Safety problems, accidents
__ Absenteeism
__ Frequent complaints of being tired all the time
__ Complaints of unexplained aches and pains
__ Alcohol and drug abuse

I hope this answers your questions, and yes, major depression is considered a mental disorder.

Michael(Jikan)
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