Depression is a common mental health issue and affects not only how people feel, but how they think and what they do. Symptoms can vary from person to person but can have a negative effect on energy levels, sleep, motivation, appetite and concentration. Depression can range from a mild form to a severe problem and is typically accompanied by the loss of the capacity to experience pleasure. It can be a debilitating problem that continues long enough to negatively and sometimes seriously affect one’s life.
Depression can sometimes come after experiencing issues of loss or failure and can be accompanied with a loss of self-worth and confidence, include thoughts of hopelessness, worthlessness, and can even lead to thoughts of no longer wanting to be alive. Behaviours such as social withdrawal, self-harm, excessive drinking or changes in relationship with food can all be related to depression.