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"It's important to keep in mind that depression is not just normal sadness," said Dr. Carlos Zarate, a psychiatrist with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). "It's a state where you have significant distress, you might have impairment in your ability to enjoy things or to experience pleasure."
While clinical depression is a combination of genetics, mental factors and environment, Zarate says, the good news for athletes is that NIMH studies have shown exercise to be effective in treating milder cases of clinical depression.