“This music is so depressing”, “He looks so depressed”, “This shift is so slow it’s depressing”. Carelessly overused, inaccurate, and at times, belittling, the term depression leads to confusion when we are going through real distress, and are trying to figure out what to do about it.
Depression is a medical illness. The disease (?) affects the brain, which in turn can affect the rest of the body. (1,2,3) Depression can affect anyone, regardless of age, income, race or gender. Fifteen percent of adults in North America will have suffered from depression at some point in their lifetimes. (26)
Everyone feels down from time to time. However, with depression, these feelings are more severe and occur nearly every day for two weeks or more. (4)
Depression may be caused by one thing or a combination of factors including biological, psychological and environmental –like feelings linked to social or family life. (4)
Below we will try to explain what depression can look like, feel like, or how it can express itself in a person. Although; it should be kept in mind when reading this list that people experience depression at different intensities and on many levels.
Depression is a severe medical condition and should be diagnosed by professionals. This information listed here does not replace getting proper help and guidance from your doctor.