What is Depression?

Depression is a significant mental illness with physiological and psychological consequences, including sluggishness, diminished interest and pleasure, and disturbances in sleep and appetite.

Depression is a common mental disorder. It has severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

People with a depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, angry, ashamed, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, experience relationship difficulties and may contemplate, attempt or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems, or reduced energy may also be present.

The death of a loved one, loss of a job or the ending of a relationship, are difficult experiences for a person to endure. It is normal to develop feelings of sadness or grief in response to such situations. Those experiencing loss often might describe them as being “depressed.”

But being sad is not the same as having depression. The grieving process is natural and unique to each individual and shares some of the same features of depression. Both grief and depression may involve intense sadness and withdrawal from usual activities.

Some facts:

Depression is real,

Depression affects people in different ways,

Depression is treatable,

You are not alone.