By Ana S.

What is Depression?

Depression is a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Negative feelings and mood
  • Negative thinking
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Concentration becomes hard
  • Upset stomach/loss of appetite
  • Lose/gain weight
  • Social withdrawing

Affects on People

  • Loss of contact with friends
  • Less sociable
  • No motivation
  • Difficulty sleeping

Other Names or Forms?

There are no other names or forms of depression.


Depression is diagnosed by a psychiatric evaluation where the psychiatrist asks the victim questions about his/herself. A physical exam is also a way to diagnose a patient with depression by looking for evidence of self-harm.


Depression is treated with medical checkups so that the doctor can see the patients improvement. The patient can also express his/her feelings by talking to a counselor.

Fact About Depression

Depression is twice as likely to occur in women than in men.