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
45
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
mild depression (22) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (22) mild depression (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
19
Tried for
mild depression (16) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea insomnia 18 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
mild depression (27) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (8 evaluations)
Side effects
depression did not improve feel like a zombie 10 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (21 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) diarrhea 25 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
mild depression (22) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (24 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anxious mood 26 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 31 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
depressed mood (22) mild depression (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chest pressure decreased appetite 15 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
mild depression (28) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 12 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (12 evaluations)
Side effects
disappointment generalized anxiety disorder
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
mild depression (16) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (19)
  • 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 58
20s 765
30s 1224
40s 1351
50s 1269
60s 726
70+ 207
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1041
20-29 years 687
30-39 years 521
40-49 years 283
50-59 years 102
60-69 years 19
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1315
Female 4305

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2964
Not Diagnosed 616

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