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What is depression?
While many people feel unhappy or sad at certain times, depression is a condition that causes a person to feel sad or miserable most of the time. Depression is a very common condition that affects many people at some point in their life. It is more than just feeling …
What causes depression?
The exact cause of depression is not known. It is thought to occur because of changes in the level of certain chemicals in your brain that are responsible for mood. Depression can sometimes be triggered by stressful life events, such as the passing of a loved one, …
Who gets depression?
Anyone can get depression. There are certain factors that can increase a person's risk of developing depression. These factors include having a close family member with depression, taking certain medications, a past history of depression, having recently given birth …
How is depression diagnosed?
To diagnose depression, a doctor may ask you about your medical history, how long you have been experiencing symptoms and how they affect your everyday life. They may also order some tests to try to rule out any other medical conditions that could be causing …
What are some of the signs and symptoms of depression?
Depression can have lots of different symptoms that can vary from person to person. The main symptom is feeling sad and miserable most of the time. It is common for people with depression to stop finding enjoyment in usually enjoyable …
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is a type of depression that affects women who have recently given birth. It is thought that this type of depression arises because of changes in the levels of certain hormones in a woman's body after giving birth, which can affect mood.
Can depression be inherited?
There are many different factors that can contribute to getting depression. Having a close family member with depression may increase your chance of developing the condition.
Is there a way to prevent depression?
There is no known way to prevent depression. Taking steps to reduce stress and improve self-confidence may reduce the chance of developing the condition, or prevent a relapse. Recognising the signs and symptoms of depression early and seeking treatment …
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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