Depression and depressed are words that are often used every day by many to generally describe their mood if they are feeling down. However if a person continues to feel very down for a period of time, then they most probably are suffering from depression. The symptoms of depression go from mild where they feel generally low all the time, to chronic where a person feels so down they may have suicidal thoughts. Depression is sometimes dismissed as unimportant, not a real illness in the sense of the word. However it is a real disorder, with very real symptoms and should not be treated lightly. It is not something that you can just snap out of, as some might think.
The symptoms of Depression vary greatly. Those suffering from it in general will feel very low and sad, have low self esteem and confidence, feel constantly tired, have a lack of interest in things they used to enjoy, and have difficulty in concentrating on anything. They may be prone to bouts of crying, sometimes for no apparent reason. For those suffering severe depression they can feel that their life is no longer worth living and contemplate suicide.
Depression can affect anyone at any time. More than 15 out of every 100 people will experience an episode of depression during their life. More women are diagnosed with depression than men however this could be due to the fact that women are more likely to seek help than men.