Clinical depression has been likened to a modern epidemic, with most cases undiagnosed and untreated. Yet the toll in human happiness and productivity is tremendous. Untreated depression can potentially lead to broken relationships, substance misuse, job loss, compulsive behaviours and, at the worst, self-harm and suicide. About 15% of us have a bout of Major Depression at some point in our lives and it is the 4th most common cause of disability worldwide. Each year in the United Kingdom about 4000 people tragically destroy themselves as the result of untreated depression.
What is it?
Some common Symptoms of Depression
Feelings of sadness or Irritability, frustration, agitation, or restlessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Changes in appetite or weight
Indecisiveness, distractibility, or decreased concentration
Fatigue, tiredness, or loss of energy
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Trouble with thinking, concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things
Thoughts of death, dying, or suicide
What causes it?
Depression doesn't have a single cause. Most likely it’s caused by a combination of factors that may include:
Family history of depression
Life events and stressors (academic, personal, or financial stress)