Depression is a genuine mental health disorder

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. An illness that can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry.

Charcteristics include:

  • - continuous low mood or sadness
  • - feeling hopeless and helpless
  • - having low self-esteem
  • - feeling tearful
  • - feeling guilt-ridden
  • - feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • - having no motivation or interest in things
  • - finding it difficult to make decisions
  • - not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • - feeling anxious or worried
  • - having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
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    Depression can affect anyone although it is more common in women than men. There are over 350 million people of all ages globally.


    Many people think depression is mental and not physical. Depression affects people all different kinds of ways both mentally and physically. The feeling of fatigue, loss of appetite, migraines etc. are all symptoms of depression.

    Diagnosis & Treatment

    Although very common, depression is often ignored or misdiagnosed and left untreated. Such inattention can be life-threatening; major depression, in particular has a high suicide rate.

    Depression at first is most always treated with SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) the group includes drugs such as Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapri, Zoloft and Brintelilix. Medication can take up to 2-6 weeks to see any effects.

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