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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

FAMILIA@ph.lacounty.gov

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What is Depression?

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What is Depression?

Feeling depressed? You are not alone. Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of people. Depression is more than feeling upset or sad—it is a disorder that makes coping with daily life seem impossible. If you feel like you might be depressed or are experiencing the symptoms listed below, it is important to seek help from your health care provider or a mental health care professional like a therapist or a psychologist.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness or depressed mood

  • Loss or gain of appetite

  • Sleeping problems

  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy

  • Thoughts about harming yourself or others

  • Thoughts of suicide

 

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

 

More Information:

Los Angeles 211

Dial 2-1-1

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

1-800-854-7771

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Depression. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics/mental-illness/depression.htm

 
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