What is depression

Depression or Depressive Disorders are “a group of illnesses characterised by excessive or long-term depressed mood and loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable”.

Everyone feels low at some point in their lives. Normal life events – such as a death in the family, relationship breakdowns and work stress – can bring about low mood, anxiety and sadness. However, clinical depression is much more than this.

Depression is considered a disorder, or more than a normal part of life, when a person cannot get back to or resume their normal functioning or feelings that existed prior to the low mood. These feelings are ongoing, they last more than a couple of weeks, and the low mood interferes with the individual’s normal daily functioning.

Apart from mood symptoms, depression can affect an individual’s physical, occupational and social functioning.