Many people occasionally feel discouraged about aspects of their lives,
often appropriately, and may describe these feelings as depression.
However, some of these feelings may be transient.
In contrast, clinical depression is a potentially serious medical
from an imbalance in the biochemistry of the brain, and may be
triggered by a number of factors, including
genetic, psychological and environmental ones.
It can result in inappropriate, profound and unrelenting feelings
of helplessness and hopelessness. Fortunately, neuropsychiatric
research has shown that the vast majority of people with clinical
depression can be treated effectively with a combination of
medication and psychotherapy.
The following questions refer to some common symptoms of depression.
This profile will provide an indication of whether you may be
experiencing some level of depression, but is not intended as a
substitute for a detailed evaluation by a trained and licensed
For each question, please choose the answer which most
closely describes how often you feel this way. Answer as
honestly as possible:
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