Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a 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.

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. Depression is a mood disorder characterized 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.

According to the World Health Organization (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.

Sometimes physical problems can cause depression. But other times, symptoms of depression are part of a more complex psychiatric problem.

Symptoms Of Depression

Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, Despair and sadness Irritability, anxiousness, and guilt Feelings of exhaustion, severe tiredness Loss of interest in pleasurable activities Inability to concentrate Suicidal thoughts or attempts of suicide Sleep disturbances, Insomnia Changes in appetite Physical symptoms – aches and pains, Cramps, headaches Digestive issues, bloating Lack of energy Feeling out of control Mood swings and feelings of tearfulness Panic attacks Feelings of tension Disinterest in daily activities.