What is depression? There is a difference between being sad or “depressed” and Clinical Depression. Feeling depressed is an appropriate reaction to something that has happened in your life and it goes away eventually as you get used to the new situation.
However, Depression in Clinical terms is when these feelings either last longer than would be expected or are out of proportion to the circumstances or both. It can also be the case that people feel Depression without any idea as to the cause.
There is a list of experiences that people commonly have when they are suffering from Clinical Depression. These symptoms are expressed in terms of what happens in our mind, our body and our emotions. For example, a person with Depression may experience a lack of interest or pleasure in daily activities, changes in weight, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, but it is treatable. It can be treated in different ways, one of which is through psychotherapy.