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
29
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
mild depression (17) depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
depressed mood (15) mild depression (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
mild depression (12) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
depressed mood (12) mild depression (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
mild depression (13) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
14
Tried for
mild depression (11) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (8) mild depression (6)

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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea blurry vision 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (16) mild depression (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (18 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision insomnia 23 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
mild depression (21) depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (11 evaluations)
Side effects
chest pressure decreased appetite 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
mild depression (17) depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness cognitive confusion 24 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (15) mild depression (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (12 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea apathy 10 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
mild depression (12) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation depressed mood 13 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (12) mild depression (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
mild depression (13) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for mild depression (6 evaluations)
Side effects
disappointment
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
mild depression (11) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nightmares 15 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (8) mild depression (6)
  • 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?

  • 10 new patients joined this month
  • 2716 say mild depression is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 54
20s 684
30s 1318
40s 1381
50s 1382
60s 856
70+ 280
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1054
20-29 years 697
30-39 years 527
40-49 years 290
50-59 years 104
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1412
Female 4565

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3021
Not Diagnosed 622

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