Depression is one of the most common psychological problems and Depression is a treatable mental illness. It is typically associated with low mood, unhappy feeling or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you are depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months rather than just a few days. Some people still think that depression is unimportant and not a genuine health condition. They are wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms and it is not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of ‘ by ‘pulling yourself together’.

The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.

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Major depressive disorder is defined in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS-IV-TR). A depression checklist outlining symptoms includes the following:

  • Sadness, emptiness, a depressed mood
  • Lack of interest or enjoyment in activities previously found pleasurable
  • Reduced or increased need for sleep, energy
  • Reduced or increased appetite
  • Difficulty in concentrating, paying attention, making decisions
  • Thoughts of harming oneself or others