Depression is a common and serious mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It can affect a person's thoughts, emotions, and physical well-being, leading to a range of symptoms and impairments in daily life. Here are key points about depression:

Depression symptoms can vary from person to person but often include

  • Persistent sadness or a low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia or oversleeping)
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Physical symptoms like aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Types of Depression: There are various forms of depression, including major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), bipolar disorder (with depressive episodes), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and more. Each type has distinct features.

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