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Depression is a mental disorder repenting with the loss of pleasure, feelings of low self esteem, disturbed appetite, sleep, lack of concentration, fatigue, low energy, often accompanied by a loss of interest in life, hopelessness and decreased energy. Such distressing feelings can affect one's ability to perform the usual tasks and activities of daily life. Many people never realise that they are suffering from depression. That can be recurrent or chronic, which leads to substantial impairments of people’s ability to take charge of the regular responsibilities. In the worst cases, depression could lead to a tragic death or suicide.
Depression is not a weakness of character. Being depressed does not mean that a person is incapable of leading a normal life.
There are different kinds of depressive mood disorders, including bipolar disorder that causes mood swings to unusual elation, and then plummet to depression. Patients with severe bipolar disorder may also see or hear things that are not there or experience paranoia, post-partum depression and psychosis. But clinical depression, or Unipolar disorder, is the most common depressive disorder. That causes the patient to experience some physical problems like headaches, aches and pains, or digestive problems. Mood disorder is a real illness that can have serious and sometimes fatal results. It affects the entire body not just the mind.
Insert date: 2011.12.29 Last update: 2011.12.29