Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. All most everyone ocassionally go through spells of feeling down, but when one is depressed, there persistent feeling of sadness for weeks or months rather than just a few days.

Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something one can 'snap out of' by 'pulling yourself together'. The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery from depression.

Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness to losing interest in the things individual used to enjoy and feeling very tearful or anxious.

There can be physical symptoms too such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive and complaining of various aches and pains. The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, an individual may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe, depression can make one feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living. Depression often goes alongside with anxiety.