Friday, October 05, 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression. In today's 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at depression.

Dr. Hill:

Depression is a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months or even longer.

Some of the common signs of depression are:

Little or no pleasure in doing things

Feeling down or hopeless

Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much, and

Trouble concentrating on things such as reading or watching television

Depression is a mental illness that can be costly and debilitating to sufferers. It can result in increased work absenteeism, short-term disability and decreased productivity.

Those found to be more likely to suffer with major depression are persons 45 to 64 years of age and females.

It is often a family member who is the first to recognize the signs of depression in a loved one.

Depression is a treatable illness. If you or someone you know has symptoms of depression lasting more than two weeks, you should discuss these feelings with your primary care physician. Your doctor can make recommendations that will lead to a happier and healthier quality of life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.