Depression: Let’s Talk

Depression is a common mental disorder, affectingmore than 300 million people of all ages globally. It is characterized by bouts of sadness or low mood, loss of interest or pleasure in activities which were once pleasurable, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite or sexual interest, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.At its worst, depression can also lead to suicide.

Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations that the individual experiences on a day to day basis. The low mood must stay for at least 2 weeks and must affect the individual’s social and occupational functioning in order to be diagnosed as depression. However, Depending on the number and severity of symptoms, a depressive episode can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.