Health A-Z: Depression

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The most prominent symptom of major depression is a severe and persistent low mood, profound sadness, or a sense of despair. The mood change can sometimes appear as irritability. Or the person suffering major depression may not be able to take pleasure in activities that usually are enjoyable. Major depression is more than just a passing blue mood, a "bad day" or temporary sadness.

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