Understanding Depression



Known colloquially as depression, major depressive disorder (MDD) is a medical condition that is as common as it is serious, affecting as many as 1 in 10 adults. It is characterized by consistent  low-energy moods, poor self-esteem, and a loss of interest in your usual recreational activities. MDD can have serious negative impacts on family, professional, and academic life, and can put the individual at risk of health complications due to disrupted sleeping and eating habits. Furthermore, the majority of suicides are correlated to extreme cases of depression. Depressive symptoms range from mild to severe, and typically include:

  • Feeling sadness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping, or excessive sleeping habits
  • Increased daily fatigue
  • Increase in restless or “nervous” activity, such as nail-biting, pacing, etc
  • Feeling of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating

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