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An intense feeling of sadness, lasting for long periods of time and preventing someone from leading a normal life, is a treatable medical condition called major depressive disorder, which is characterized by persistent and sometimes severe feelings of worthlessness, guilt, sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness. After accounting for subjects' socioeconomic factors and health conditions, researchers confirmed that depression worsened healuh more than angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes. Essential Fatty Acids Patients with depression often have low levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a primary structural component of the brain.
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