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Summary: Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression.

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Job 30:16-17

16 "And now my heart is broken. Depression haunts my days. 17 My weary nights are filled with pain as though something were relentlessly gnawing at my bones. NLT

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Job 30:25-28

26 So I looked for good, but evil came instead. I waited for the light, but darkness fell. 27 My heart is troubled and restless. Days of affliction have come upon me. 28 I walk in gloom, without sunlight. NLT

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Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and stand before him? 3 Day and night, I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, "Where is this God of yours?"

4 My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks--it was the sound of a great celebration!

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5 Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and 6 my God! 6.Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness--from Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

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7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

8 Through each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. 9 "O God my rock," I cry, "Why have you forsaken me? Why must I wander in darkness, oppressed by my enemies?" 10 Their taunts pierce me like a fatal wound, They scoff, "Where is this God of yours?"

11 Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God! NLT

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member.

Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression.

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Impact of Depression:

· Causes tremendous emotional pain

· Disrupts the lives of millions of people

· Adversely affects the lives of families and friends

· Reduces work productivity and absenteeism

· Has a significant negative impact on the economy, costing an estimated $44 billion a year

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Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being. We have all felt sad at one time or another, but that’s not depression. Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced with serious problems. This too, is not depression. These feelings usually pass within a few days or weeks, once we adjust to the stress. But, if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with work, school or family responsibilities, it may be depression.

Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.

Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment:

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· The symptoms are not recognized as depression.

· Depressed people are seen as weak or lazy.

· Social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment.

· The symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help.

· Many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical problems

· Individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause.

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Clinical depression is a very common psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. This is extremely unfortunate because, with proper treatment, nearly 80% of those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood and life adjustment.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you have symptoms of depression is by taking a free, confidential depression-screening test.

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The most common symptoms of depression are:

· Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

· Feeling useless, inadequate, bad.

· Self hatred, constant questioning of thoughts and actions, an overwhelming need for reassurance.

· Being vulnerable and "over-sensitive".

· Feeling guilty.

· A loss of energy and motivation, that makes even the simplest tasks or decisions seem difficult.

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· Self harm.

· Loss or gain in weight.

· Difficulty with getting off to sleep, or (less frequently) an excessive desire to sleep.

· Agitation and restlessness.

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