What is depression

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Understand the basics of depression

Depression is a low mood that sticks around. It can involve feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness, and it can affect every aspect of your life. You might lose interest in doing the things you love, or withdraw from your normal life.

Depression comes in all shapes and sizes. Your experience could be mild, moderate or severe.

In its mildest form, depression might make you feel down or isolated. Life could feel like an uphill battle and it may feel challenging to engage in normal activities.

Severe depression is more likely to seriously affect how you function in most aspects of your life, including work, hobbies and relationships.

The main difference between mild, moderate and severe depression is in the number of symptoms you have, the type of symptoms you experience and the severity of how these symptoms impact your life.

Depression is also a shapeshifter – it can show up differently in everyone.

When is it a problem?

Feeling low or sad at times is part of being human. But if these feelings don’t pass, they cause you distress, or they begin to interfere with your life, it could be a sign that you’re experiencing depression.

Depression is treatable, and many techniques and strategies have been proven to help, both with feeling better in the moment when feelings of depression arise, and as long term strategies to minimise depressive thoughts and feelings.

Who does depression affect?

Depression is a mood disorder that doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of how old you are, your gender, religion, cultural background, sexuality or any other identity you resonate with, depression can impact you.

Although I am a happy extravert, I also tend to hide under that facade and feel like I need to put on the happy mask all the time.

Download our depression factsheet.

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