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Depression is a common but serious illness in which feelings of sadness and hopelessness do not go away. It is one of several mood disorders that, without treatment, can greatly interfere with a person's daily life and routine, such as going to work, taking care of children, and interacting with family and friends. Women are at higher risk of depression at certain times of life, such as after having a baby or in the years just before menopause. Having a chronic illness also increases your risk of depression. Most depressive disorders respond well to treatment, which can include talk therapy, medicine, or both.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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