Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
Possible causes include a combination of biological, psychological and social sources of distress.
Increasingly, research suggests that these factors may cause changes in brain function, including the altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms.
These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
Do you suspect that you have depression, but you are unsure? Depression that goes untreated can have some pretty detrimental mental and physical side effects making its treatment paramount.
Major depressive disorder, for instance, can last for months or even years when untreated.
This is not professional advice, please seek out a professional if you need help.
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