What is Depression:
Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities - these are symptoms familiar to all of us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 have depression in any 2-week period. This is substantial and shows the scale of the issue. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. They estimate that 350 million people are affected by depression, globally.
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by persistently low mood and a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is a persistent problem, not a passing one, lasting on average 6 to 8 months. Depression is a treatable mental illness. There are three components to the management of depression: Support, ranging from discussing practical solutions and contributing stresses, to educating family members. Psychotherapy, also known as talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Drug treatment, specifically antidepressants.