What is Depression?

Depression is one of the worldss leading causes of psychological illness. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that over 260million people from all ages suffer with depression, globally. As many psychological issues, is symptoms can differ greatly, however in its essence, depression boils down to more than just feeling low for a couple of days – it becomes an issue when it regularly gets in the way of normal life (a very important phrase when thinking about mental health). It is natural for emotional ups and downs, but it is when it begins affecting function that it becomes a clinical problem. The NHS recommends that you see a GP if you experience symptoms for at least ‘most’ days over a 2-week period. It is important to think of depression as an ‘umbrella’ term, which encompasses many sub-types. In the DSM-5 the most recognisable form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

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