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Depression, also known as clinical depression, is a serious mental health disorder that often involves an imbalance of the chemicals that support brain function. Clinical depression is a mood disorder commonly involving feelings of sadness, loss, anger, frustration or despair that interfere with everyday life for an extended period.

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  1. Depression. National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-index.shtml
  2. Depression. Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html
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