There are times when you may feel sad, or down – something may have happened to cause this, or maybe you are having a bad day. This is normal, we all get blue once in a while. Depression however, is more serious than feeling low. It’s a serious medical illness known as a mood disorder. Depression affects the entire body, not just the mind. If you are struggling with depression you may feel fatigued, have stomach pains, experience headaches, suffer from muscle or joint point, see a decrease in appetite, and feel a sense of hopelessness.
Depression does not discriminate; it affects individuals of any age, gender, education level, socioeconomic status, and cultural background. When a person experiences depression it affects every part of daily living – parenting, marriage, friendships, finances, careers, etc.
It can be manageable though! By seeing a psychologist to receive prompt identification and treatment, a person can learn about depression, how it is affecting them, and ways to deal with the symptoms and difficulties caused by depression.