Depression is a very common condition. More than one in 5 people will be diagnosed with depression at some time during their life. There are many factors that contribute to depression including precipitating, perpetuating, personal history and genetic factors.

Depression is characterised by a depressed mood and other symptoms that may include low energy levels, tiredness, appetite change, poor sleep, feelings of low self worth, difficulty making decisions, being teary, irritable, frustrated and angry and a sense of hopelessness.

Often people withdraw from their friends and families when depressed and may find it difficult to talk about what is going on for them. The main ways to treat depression are counselling, psychotherapy, psychological treatments and medication.

The most effective treatment initially depends on the severity of the depression as well as the wishes of each person

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