What Is Depression?

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The stats are alarming. More than 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression, but studies show that less than half receive adequate treatment for it. But what is it and how do we recognise the signs?

Depression can be best summarised as follows and if your or anyone you know has these symptoms, please talk to a health care professional:

  • Depressed mood
  • Marked loss of interest in daily activities
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Thinking and/or moving noticeably slower
  • Loss of energy
  • Persistent or excessive feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression doesn’t discriminate and can attack anyone from the happy, sad, rich, poor, successful and ANY persuasion.

This piece from Stanford University is part of an ongoing series looking into depression, what it is and how to tackle it.

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