What is Depression?
Depression is a disorder that negatively affects the way you think and feel about yourself, other people, and the world around you. It’s characterised by feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, a loss of interest in activities, and an inability to find enjoyment in life.
Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, which can be overwhelming at times, but usually, these feelings resolve on their own, and the person can still enjoy and find momentary relief in doing certain things. If however, these intense feelings persist for more than two weeks and prevent you from being able to live your normal life, it could be a sign of depression.
Someone who is depressed may feel intensely sad or hopeless in response to a life event (such as losing a loved one, being let go from a job, moving to a new city, feeling chronically stressed, etc.), or may develop depression without identifiable contributing circumstances.
No matter the reason, if you think you may be suffering from depression, it’s important to reach out and talk to someone you trust or to a mental health professional.
* Please remember that only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose you, and refrain from taking medication and undertaking treatment without professional recommendation.