Depression is a condition that significantly affects the way a person feels, causing a persistent lowering of mood. Clinical depression is distinguished from a normal low mood by severity, persistence and duration of characteristic symptoms.
A range of physical symptoms often accompanies depression, and the psychological symptoms can interfere with the way people are able to function in their everyday lives. Depression is common and affects nearly one in 5 adults each year with nearly twice as many women affected as men.
Depression does not discriminate, and people from any walk of life may be affected by it.
Symptoms of depression may include:
- Loss of interest /pleasure in activities
- Lack of energy, fatigue
- Reduced motivation
- Appetite disturbance
- Insomnia / sleep disturbances
- Impaired ability to concentrate, and to remember
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts / behaviours
Speaking to someone who understands what you are going through, and who has the training and skills to assist and guide, can lead to recovery from depression.