What is Depression?

Camron Thompson

Depression is when someone has feelings of severe despondency and dejection. It is one of the most common mental illnesses. According to Ann Pietrangelo, 350 million people suffer from depression around the world.

Causes of depression may be:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or cancer
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Family history of depression

If you believe someone may suffer from depression, look out for these symptoms:

  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Unexplained aches and pains

For more information visit https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic#3