Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

Symptoms of depression can include: 

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or emptiness
  • Irritability, frustration, or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that used to be enjoyable
  • Difficulty sleeping, sleep disturbances, or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or back pain

The causes of depression are not fully understood and may not be down to a single source. Depression is likely to be due to a complex combination of factors that include:
– genetics
– biological – changes in neurotransmitter levels
– environmental changes  
– psychological and social (psychosocial) changes. 
– Childhood trauma.

Life events: These include divorce, work issues, relationships with friends and family, financial problems, medical concerns. 

Chronic pain syndromes: chronic conditions, such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease make depression more likely.

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