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Depression is a significant mood problem that many people fail to recognize, even though nearly half of individuals experience it. Help is available! It affects people of all ages and goes beyond just feeling sad. It can impact our thoughts, actions, feelings, and even our health. Reasons for depression can include family history, biological factors, living environment, and emotional state.

Depression can manifest as sleep problems, changes in eating habits, persistent sadness, fatigue, loss of interest, irritability, and thoughts of death. If you experience these symptoms for more than two weeks, seeking help from a doctor or mental health expert may be beneficial. Treatment may involve talk therapy or medication, depending on individual needs.

If you or someone you know talks about self-harm, seek help immediately. Remember, anyone can experience depression, and it’s crucial to recognize the seriousness of this condition. Taking the step to ask for support is important.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention: 24-hour Hotline 415-781-0500. Remember to seek a translator for your language.

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