Major Depressive Disorder, commonly referred to as depression, is a mood disorder that affects 350,000,000 people globally. Depression causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest that is more than just a case of the blues. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. But don't get discouraged. Depression can be managed and treated with talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both.
Symptoms of Depression
It is important to remember that we all experience some of these symptoms from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you're depressed. Equally, not everyone who is experiencing depression will experience all of these symptoms.
Less productive at work or school
Withdrawing from activities
Using alcohol or sedatives more frequently
Not enjoying things
Lack of concentration
Lacking in confidence
"I’m a failure."
"It’s always my fault."
"Nothing good ever happens to me."
"Life’s not worth living."
"People would be better off without me."
Sick and run down
Headaches and muscle pains
Unable to sleep
Loss or change of appetite
Significant weight loss or gain