Depression is more than feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. It is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration.
There are several types of depression such as mild or major, bi-polar disorder, post-natal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Depression can happen suddenly as a result of physical illness, experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, family problems or other life-changing events.
Sometimes there may be no clear reason for your depression but, whatever the cause, identifying what may affect how you feel and the things that are likely to trigger depression are important first steps.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
Common signs and symptoms of depression include:
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