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 for mild depression

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
817
Tried for
mild depression (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
487
Tried for
mild depression (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
704
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
790
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
524
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
659
Tried for
mild depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
802
Tried for
mild depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1382
Tried for
mild depression (2)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
334
Tried for
mild depression (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
mild depression (1)

Data from patients with mild depression, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
mild depression (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (4 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue mild depression 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
mild depression (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
emotional tension
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision diarrhea 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
mild depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
mild depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
mild depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
mild depression (2)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
mild depression (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
mild depression (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with mild depression, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has mild depression on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 11 new patients joined this month
  • 2950 say mild depression is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 38
20s 557
30s 1327
40s 1368
50s 1507
60s 1082
70+ 415
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1060
20-29 years 709
30-39 years 534
40-49 years 292
50-59 years 104
60-69 years 21
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1520
Female 4793

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3054
Not Diagnosed 615

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