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What is Depression?
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What is depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder which affects the brain and causes dysfunction with mood, thoughts and feelings. Depression can seriously impact a person's ability to have a good quality of life, as it causes a number of symptoms which cause the person to isolate themselves from the world around them.

Depression is not a passing low mood, nor is it a sign of weakness, or an inability to cope. People who are depressed cannot just "snap out of it", as it isn't a normal low mood (which everyone experiences from time to time), it can be a serious disorder which is characterised by a number of symptoms, many of which are serious and can be life threatening (suicide) if not diagnosed and treated early.

Depression is one of the most common disorders that brings people to see a doctor. Depression can be triggered by a stressful event or it can be due to some type of imbalance in the brain's chemistry.

There are a few different forms of depression:


Facts about depression


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  Last reviewed: 24 January 2009 || Last updated: 21 March 2009


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