Depression: What Is It?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
What Are The Symptoms?
Like with any other mental illnesses, signs and symptoms will vary from individual to individual.
- Anger, aggressiveness, or hostility
- Feeling anxious or restless
- Altered sleep
- Loss of interest in work or once-enjoyable personal activities
- Concentration complications
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts
- Physical pains: headaches, cramps, digestive disorders, or chronic pain