What is depression?
Recognising the signs and symptoms of depression
Depression can be the result of a stressful, emotional or traumatic situations, work or financial worries, redundancy, bullying, bereavement, illness, or the build-up of lots of things over time.
Changing hormones can affect our mood in adolescence, during the menstrual cycle, menopause and during and after pregnancy. Post-natal depression can occur in the weeks after having a losing baby, while some people feel low during winter months with less sunlight, a depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Some people experience extreme ‘highs’ in between their lows, a mental health condition known as bipolar. It’s thought our genes can also play a part in depression and people may be more vulnerable to depression if there is a family history of the illness.