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Depression is a common mood disorder that impacts more than 264 million people across the globe. This complex condition has mental and physical symptoms that interfere with an individual's ability to function day-to-day. Recognizing signs that signal depression can help these individuals and their loved ones understand and seek help.

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1. Persistent Sadness

Overwhelming and persistent sadness is common in people with depression. They may experience a sense of hopelessness that makes it difficult to see the good in their lives. Minor inconveniences can seem like enormous obstacles to people who have depression. This feeling makes it difficult to carry out meaningful activities due to an overwhelming sense of despair.

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