Depression is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Depression can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and physical health.
Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sadness or feeling “empty”
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Some risk factors for depression include a family history of depression, trauma or stressful life events, chronic illness, substance abuse, and a history of other mental health conditions.
Treatment for depression can include therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and self-care. It’s important to seek help from a healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of depression, as depression can be a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.