What is Depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable. It can affect a person's mood, thoughts, behavior, and physical well-being.

Some common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sadness or feelings of emptiness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can have a variety of causes, including genetic, environmental, and biological factors. It can also be triggered by significant life events, such as the loss of a loved one or a major change in circumstances.

Treatment for depression typically involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise, healthy eating, and stress reduction techniques, can also be beneficial in managing symptoms. It's important for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression to seek professional help and support from loved ones.