Most people report feeling “low” or “sad” to describe depression. Although, it is important to remember that these feelings are common in our lives and most of us recover from feeling low quickly. When the low mood persists for months and starts interfering with your everyday life and ability to socialise, work, eat, sleep, study and enjoy life you may be dealing with depression.

Why do people become depressed?

Depression is common in our society and there are many reasons why people feel depressed. Sometimes the cause may be obvious – a disappointment, or the loss of a loved one. Though, there are several other underlying reasons and contributing factors these include: physical illness, life threatening conditions such as cancer, negative life event such as divorce or family concerns, negative childhood experiences and personal circumstances.

 

Symptoms and signs

 

Symptoms of depression can be debilitating and distressing. There are many symptoms of depression and they vary from one individual to another.

 

  • Low mood, sad or hopeless everyday for at least two weeks.

  • Lack of motivation

  • Lack of pleasure

  • Lack of sleep or sleeping too much

  • Poor appetite or over eating

  • Lethargic, fatigue or loss of energy 

  • Irritable, frustrated or angry 

  • Tearful

  • Social withdrawal

  • Suicidal thoughts 

 

The severity of the symptoms varies and individuals often experience negative thoughts about their situation, themselves, the world and the future. They are consumed by the negativity, unable to escape, feeling down, helpless and hopeless.

 

CBT can be helpful in coping with depression.

 

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