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)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
mild depression (47) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
mild depression (36) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
mild depression (38) depressed mood (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
mild depression (34) depressed mood (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (25)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
mild depression (30) depressed mood (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
31
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (3)

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)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (19 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
mild depression (47) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (19 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea insomnia 15 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
mild depression (36) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (15 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) difficulty falling asleep 12 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
mild depression (38) depressed mood (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (25 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling sick increased anxiety 19 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
mild depression (34) depressed mood (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 10 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (25)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 27 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
mild depression (30) depressed mood (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (20 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anxious mood 23 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (23)
2 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 (28) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (3)
  • 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 59
20s 810
30s 1,147
40s 1,294
50s 1,161
60s 621
70+ 164
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,003
20-29 years 669
30-39 years 509
40-49 years 283
50-59 years 96
60-69 years 19
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,709
Not Diagnosed 605

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