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Depression and Women

Within the field of psychology, depression is primarily characterized by a persistent low mood, including sadness, irritability, and/or limited emotional range. Other symptoms of depression can include anhedonia (i.e., loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities); changes in appetite, sleep, or motor activity; or fatigue or energy loss. Psychological effects of depression include feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and/or hopelessness; suicidal ideation; or decreases in concentration. Some individuals may experience bodily aches and pains. Depressive episodes are often cyclical, with patterns of symptom remission and recurrence, although years of chronic low-grade depressed mood is possible as well. Overall, depression is known to influence thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, with functional impairments and an overall decreased sense of well-being.

As with most mental disorders, depression is thought to ...

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