8 Reasons Why You Feel Depressed

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Depression is a mental illness that negatively affects the way you feel, the way you act, and the way you think. Millions of people around the globe are affected by it each year. However, most people don’t know its causes and how to prevent it. The American Psychological Association defines clinical depression as a disorder that causes low energy, fatigue and loss of motivation. It can also lead to a decreased ability to feel pleasure and lower self-esteem. The number one most rampant psychiatric condition worldwide, it’s estimated that over 1 in every 6 (16.6%) of people all over the world will experience depression at some point in their lives (American Psychiatric Association, 2015). Although none of these factors are directly related, they can help you understand why certain people are more susceptible to depression.

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