The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. But as a general rule, if you're depressed, you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy.
Depression is a low mood that lasts for weeks or months and affects your daily life.
Symptoms of depression include feeling unhappy or hopeless, low self-esteem and finding no pleasure in things you usually enjoy.
Many things can cause depression such as stressful events, personality, family history and giving birth.
Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies and medicines.
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