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Who gets depression and what causes it?

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Who gets depression and what causes it?

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At some stage in life about 2 in 3 adults have a depression, and about 3 in 20 have a severe depression. Some people have two or more episodes of depression in their lifetime. The exact cause is not known. It can develop for no apparent reason. It may also be triggered, or made worse, by life events such as relationship problems, bereavement, redundancy, illness, etc. What is the treatment for depression? Regular exercise such as a daily brisk walk, jog or swim is thought to help ease symptoms. In addition, treatment with one or more of the following is usually advised. Talking through feelings may be all that you need for mild depression. A friend or relative may help with this, but your GP may suggest a local self-help group, or refer you to a counsellor. Antidepressant medicines are often prescribed. Medication cannot alter your circumstances. However, symptoms such as low mood, poor sleep, poor concentration, etc, are often eased. This may then allow you to function normally and co

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