Everyone feels sad, fed up or miserable sometimes. But for some people, depression goes on for longer, and becomes so severe that they find it hard to carry on with their normal lives.
When depression gets serious, it’s called “clinical” depression. People experience symptoms like having no pleasure in life, withdrawing from other people, anxiety, problems concentrating, and deep feelings of being worthless or hopeless. There can also be physical symptoms like changes in sleeping patterns, and changes in eating patterns. People feel bleak and helpless and sometimes they want to harm themselves.
Depression is common. 15 out of every 100 people will experience depression at some point in their lives. But you can get help. Depression is treatable. There are lots of things people can do to help themselves, as well as linking up with others in depression support groups, or getting professional help or medication. People use a whole range of techniques to manage their depression and get on with their lives.