Severe Depression

What is Severe Depression?

Severe depression is a serious medical illness. Unlike normal emotional experiences of sadness, loss or passing mood states, severe depression is long-lasting and significantly interferes with thoughts, behaviour, mood, activity and physical health. Depression is not something that you can just “snap out of”. It is not a sign of weakness.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. It can affect anyone at any age. With the right supports and information, Depression is very treatable.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Low mood, feeling very sad
  • Loss of hope and confidence
  • Low energy levels and feeling less able to do things
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Sleeping and eating less
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

When several of these symptoms of depressive illness occur at the same time, last longer than two weeks, and interfere with ordinary functioning, professional treatment is needed.


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