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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better.

Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Intensive research into the illness has resulted in the development of medications, psychotherapisties, and other methods to treat people with this disabling disorder.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, NIH Publication No. 083561, Revised 2008. All material in this document is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the NIMH.

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