HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Depression is a serious problem that can lead to even bigger issues, but it is something you can get help for and a good place to start is your primary care physicians.

Dr. John Clay is helping his patients dealing with depression at Primary Health Group-Hopewell.

The symptoms include feelings of sadness, guilt, poor concentration, energy loss, decreased appetite, sleep disruption and social withdrawal.

It can be treated with prescribed medications, daily exercise, talking about your problems with friends and family, and pastoral counsel.

See your doctor right away if symptoms last more than 2 weeks or if you develop feelings of hurting yourself or others.

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