Sadness, lack of interest in daily activities, feeling down or sudden mood swings – these are the symptoms familiar to all of us. If these symptoms persist and affect our life more often, then it may be depression.
Fast facts on depression
Depression seems to be more common among women than men
Symptoms of depression include lack of joy and interest in things that used to bring happiness earlier
Life events including bereavement, leads to mood changes that can usually be distinguished from the symptoms of depression
The causes of depression are not completely understood but are more likely to be a complex combination of genetic, biological, physiological and environmental factors