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
33
Tried for
depressed mood (19) mild depression (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (14)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
mild depression (24) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
mild depression (18) depressed mood (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
mild depression (19) depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
mild depression (16) depressed mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
17
Tried for
mild depression (14) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)

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 depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea blurry vision 14 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (19) mild depression (17)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 14 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (14)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (18 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision insomnia 23 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
mild depression (24) depressed mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness cognitive confusion 24 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
mild depression (18) depressed mood (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (11 evaluations)
Side effects
chest pressure decreased appetite 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
mild depression (19) depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (14 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea apathy 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
mild depression (16) depressed mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (10 evaluations)
Side effects
disappointment generalized anxiety disorder
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
mild depression (14) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (14)
  • 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 708
30s 1305
40s 1401
50s 1352
60s 838
70+ 258
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1053
20-29 years 699
30-39 years 528
40-49 years 291
50-59 years 103
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1398
Female 4542

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3021
Not Diagnosed 620

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