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
  • Anxious
  • Empty
  • Hopeless
  • Worthless
  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of interest 
  • Pain
  • 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.