Fifteen percent of all Americans aged 18 to 74 suffer symptoms of serious depression. Depression has been called the "common cold" of mental illness, and some have even gone so far as to label it the "social disease of the seventies." Here's how you can take steps to avoid experiencing this debilitating condition. These days a lot of us walk around in a gray haze. We're restless, bored, half-there- nothing turns us on. We're bone tired most of the day, but wake up at three in the morning and can't go back to sleep. Or we go to bed early, get up late, and take a nap in the afternoon. Some of us have crying spells for particular reason except we feel like it. Others of us lose interest in food, or find comfort in overeating, overdrinking, or popping what-ever pill alleviates the angst. These out-of-the ordinary behavior patterns are often signs of depression- a malady so often unrecognized and yet so common that it probably affects all of us at one time or another.
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