Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. It can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, motivation, and physical health. It is a serious condition that can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by yourself. People with depression need treatment to feel better.
History of Depression
The term “depression” has been used in various forms since ancient times. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, described depression as a “melancholia” in the 5th century BC. In the 19th century, the term “depression” was used to describe a range of mental health conditions, including melancholia, anxiety, and mania. In the 20th century, the term was used to describe a range of mental health conditions, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression.
In the 21st century, depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting millions of people around the world. It is estimated that more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. It is also one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
|Depression||Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness||Psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes|
|Bipolar Disorder||Alternating periods of mania and depression||Psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes|
|Postpartum Depression||Feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion after childbirth||Psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes|
Depression is a serious mental health disorder that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, motivation, and physical health. It is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting millions of people around the world. Treatment for depression typically includes psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. For more information about depression, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website or speak to a mental health professional.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Postpartum Depression
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Lifestyle Changes
- Mental Health Professional
- National Institute of Mental Health