Depression is a common and severe mental health condition characterized by persistent sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. Depression can affect how an individual thinks, feels, and behaves and interfere with their daily functioning and overall quality of life.
Various factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, life events, and other medical conditions, can cause depression. A combination of factors can also trigger it.
Symptoms of depression can include:
• Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyed
• Changes in appetite or weight
• Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
• Physical sluggishness or agitation
• Fatigue or loss of energy
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
• Thoughts of death or suicide
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, it's essential to seek help from a mental health professional. With proper treatment, most people with depression can experience significant symptom improvement and recovery.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression and feeling that you are unsafe. Call 988 now; 988 will get you to the new suicide and crisis hotline, or call 911 for emergency services.