Beating the Blues
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. It can affect people regardless of their age or circumstances. Reported increases in depression worldwide cannot be due to a reduction in the stigma associated with mental illness. It seems more likely that it is associated with significant social and lifestyle changes that have taken place over the last 20 years. The good news is that depression is treatable. At the same time, depression is poorly understood, and this might prevent people from recognising the warning signs, resulting in them not seeking help. So, understanding depression is important.
What are the symptoms of depression? Depression involves a marked decline in mood, negative thoughts and feelings, and social withdrawal. Other common symptoms are anxiety, disturbed sleep, changes in appetite, sudden weight loss or gain, lethargy, difficu