Thursday, June 7, 2018

What is depression and why is it rising?

Depressed people don’t all shuffle around with a long face, or cry at any provocation., a US government website, defines it as “losing interest in important parts of life”. Symptoms include eating or sleeping too much or too little; pulling away from people and usual activities; having low or no energy; feeling numb or like nothing matters; feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared; and thinking of harming yourself or others.

A visceral description is quoted by the UK campaign group Mind: “It starts as sadness, then I feel myself shutting down, becoming less capable of coping. Eventually, I just feel numb and empty.”

Depressionis also often mixed with other health problems: long-term illness, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or schizophrenia, for example...

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