Depression is characterised by low mood and an aversion to any activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and sense of well-being.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad
- Low self-esteem
- Loss of interest
- Sleep disturbances
- Suicidal thoughts
Depression can be effectively treated with therapy and anti-depressants. Most patients report the best recovery with a combination of therapy and medication rather than either in isolation.