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Depression is a serious medical condition that affects thoughts, feelings, and the ability to function in everyday life. Although anyone with HIV can develop depression, those most at risk are people with a history or a family history of depression or who are dealing with alcohol or substance abuse. There are some common signs: ' changes in eating habits ' changes in sleep patterns ' loss of interest in activities ' excessive or inappropriate guilt ' lack of energy or motivation ' inability to concentrate ' apathy ' agitation ' depressed mood ' suicidal thoughts Clinical depression is a treatable illness. You should talk to your doctor if you experience at least five of the above symptoms for at least two weeks.

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