What is depression?
Depression affects one in five of us at some point in our lives. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2020 it will be 2nd only to heart disease as the biggest health concern.
What is Depression and How Does it Differ from Stress or Sadness?
Life is not smooth. All of us can feel fed up, unmotivated, stressed and lethargic from time to time. But is it depression? Temporary feelings of sadness, or feeling a bit down from time to time is probably not depression. This is a normal response to the ups and downs of life.
Symptoms of stress can also mimic depression. The difference is that in depression the external trigger may be harder to identify. Whereas in Stress the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed relate to external pressures that are perceived to be beyond your ability to cope. Depression may have a more gradual indefinable onset or follow on from an experience of some form of loss, - either in the near or distant past.
Clinical depression is a term used to describe when depression has become a medical condition, and includes feelings of sadness and hopelessness but includes some other features as well:
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