Drug abuse or alcohol abuse, a drop in school performance, difficulty concentrating
Isolation from family and friends
For dysthymia (minor, but long-term depression), symptoms are less intense and fewer in number, but long-lasting
Call Your Doctor About Depression If:
You or a loved one have suicidal thoughts, or have other signs of either major depression or dysthymia; help is available.
You are considering alternative or complementary treatments for depression. It's important that your doctor be aware of all aspects of your treatment.
NOTE: There is a distinct difference between feeling "depressed" and having a depressive illness. If you have low spirits for a while, don't be concerned. However, if you feel you can't lift yourself out of your misery, seek help.
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