Depression: What Is It? It's natural to feel down sometimes, but if that low mood lingers day after day, it could signal depression. Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a negative personality. It is a major public health problem and a treatable medical condition. Shown here is a PET scan revealing "hot spots" of increased activity in the brain of a non-depressed person

  • Daniel Bell

    Mental illness is real. #OutoftheDarkness Support mental health awareness and suicide prevention. http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=10103

  • Kristi Rapozo

    Very interesting....depression is treatable if that person seeks help. Unfortunately depression and other psychological "abnormalities" are severely overlooked. Lots of people believe depression is made up, but heres the proof. Good diets, exercise, and taking vitamins can increase the amount of dopamine to the brain which helps promote happiness. Sometimes it works best with counseling. If you're depressed, don't be afraid to seek help, it doesn't mean you're weak, it means you're strong!!

  • Rorke CYW

    Angus, here is a pin that shows what a depressed brain might look like and what someones brain might look like if they aren't depressed. This is a good visual to better understand what a person might be feeling if they are struggling with depression based on what the brain looks like. Take a moment to notice the differences. This is a good pin to show and spread awareness of what depression can do to the brain.

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