Depression is more than feeling sad, gloomy or down. Depression is different than grief or disappointment. Depression can last longer and doesn’t require a specific cause like grieving for a loved one who passed away. Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness beyond the normal emotions experienced during difficult life. Depression is a serious medical illness that can occur seemingly without cause and can affect not only your mental wellbeing but your physical health as well.
Depression can negatively affect your ability to function in your everyday life. It can affect your work, home, and professional life. It can affect the way you eat, and how you sleep.