Is Your Partner Depressed?

Be alert to these seven warning signs.
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Warning Signs of Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that clinical depression is a serious national health problem, with an estimated 11 million Americans -- that's one in ten -- suffering some form of this disorder. Depression strikes women twice as often as men. And it's more than "the blues": A depressed person can't just "snap out of it" or will himself to feel better. However, with the proper treatment, 80 percent of sufferers can expect significant relief. Despite its prevalence, depression often goes unrecognized. Be on the lookout for:

  • Persistent sadness, crying or feelings of emptiness
  • Loss of interest or joy in ordinary activities, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue
  • Changes in eating patterns -- loss of appetite, weight gain
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Chronic aches or pains that don't dissipate

Continued on page 2:  How to Cope


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