Mild depression

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What is mild depression?

Mild depression is characterized by 2 to 4 depressive symptoms which may include depressed mood, reduction of energy, capacity for enjoyment, and concentration that lasts for more than 2 weeks. The patient is usually distressed by these but will probably be able to continue with most activities.

Common symptoms reported by people with mild depression

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with mild depression

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
mild depression (31) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
mild depression (35) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
mild depression (30) depressed mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
mild depression (24) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (21) mild depression (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
mild depression (23) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
24
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (20) anxious mood (2)

Data from patients with mild depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with mild depression

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (18 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea insomnia 18 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
mild depression (31) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) depression did not improve 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
mild depression (35) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (16 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia decreased appetite 13 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
mild depression (30) depressed mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (26 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) diarrhea 25 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
mild depression (24) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 33 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
depressed mood (21) mild depression (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
mild depression (23) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (21 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anxious mood 23 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (13 evaluations)
Side effects
disappointment generalized anxiety disorder
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (20) anxious mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with mild depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has mild depression on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 52
20s 771
30s 1,200
40s 1,320
50s 1,216
60s 678
70+ 180
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,023
20-29 years 679
30-39 years 515
40-49 years 282
50-59 years 100
60-69 years 19
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,266
Female 4,163

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,915
Not Diagnosed 612

These charts show data from mild depression patients who have completed their condition history
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