Simply, we sometimes mix between having a brief period of grief or being sad, and depression. 1
Having a continuous mood of being sad, showing no interests in life, disrupted sleep, losing appetite and sometimes presenting with a feeling of low self-worth are all signs of major depressive disorder or clinical depression.1,2
Women are more likely to get depression than man, though it can affect anyone even children. Being depressed will impact the way you behave, feel and think. Its complications might even get extended to affect your physical health.1, 2
Some of us are at higher risk of getting clinical depression than others, due to some biological differences, brain anatomy and hormones. Who gets depression? 1, 3
· Persons who already suffer from low self-esteem and those who are too dependent.
· Patients suffering from chronic illness such as cancer or heart disease.
· Persons taking sleeping pills 1, 3
Wide variety of medication are available for the management of depression. Your psychologist might also recommend behavioral therapy to help improve the case.2
1- Depression (major depressive disorder). MayoClinic. Available at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007 Last accessed 3/7/2019
2- Depression. WHO. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression Last accessed 3/7/2019
3-Higuera, V. et al. Everything You Want to Know About Depression. Available at https://www.healthline.com/health/depression Last accessed 3/7/2019