Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common mental health condition that affects how you feel, think, and behave. Here are some key points about depression:

  1. Symptoms:
    • Persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest.
    • Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration.
    • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or excessive sleep.
    • Fatigue and lack of energy.
    • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased cravings and weight gain.
    • Anxiety, restlessness, and slowed thinking.
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
    • Trouble concentrating and making decisions.
    • Thoughts of death or suicide.
    • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.
  2. Impact on Daily Life:
    • Depression can interfere with normal day-to-day activities, work, school, social interactions, and relationships.
    • It is more than just feeling down; it is a serious condition that requires attention.
  3. Prevalence:
    • Globally, an estimated 5% of adults suffer from depression.
    • More women are affected by depression than men.
  4. Treatment:
    • Effective treatments are available for mild, moderate, and severe depression.
    • Seeking professional help is crucial for managing depression.

Remember that depression is not a weakness, and you cannot simply “snap out” of it. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, consider reaching out to a healthcare provider to support and guidance.