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I have a lot of respect for people who can face this world with a bright smile and positive outlook.  It’s not hard to find a reason to feel a little down with the state of our fledgling economy, job shortages and natural disasters.   And you know what?  It’s ok to be sad, frustrated and to even get a good cry in every now and then.  But what’s dangerous is allowing the negativity of the world to totally take over your life.

Women suffer from depression twice as much as men.  In fact, one out of four women will have some form of depression at least once in their lives.  Many people mistakenly assume that depression is just a serious case of the doldrums that someone can overcome if they are determined enough.  But depression can be triggered by a hormonal changes, chemical imbalances and events in life that can leave a person feeling powerless if they aren’t equipped with the resources to manage and express their emotions.

So when are you just a victim of a bad day and when should you worry?  These symptoms could indicate that your solemn mood has turned into something more serious:

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