According to the World Health Organization (WHO) depression is a common mental disorder, characterised by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.
"At least 350 million people live with depression worldwide"
It affects not only the person suffering it, but their loved ones too. It is treatable, but most of the patients do not receive the care and support they need. It can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual's ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life.
It often starts at a young age and affects women more commonly than men. When mild, people can be treated without medicines, but when is moderate or severe they may need medication and therapy.
"At its most severe it can lead to suicide"
Almost one million people take their own lives each year.
"For every person that commits suicide, there are twenty who will make an attempt."
“It all started probably when I was a small child. My mom was depressed and my dad was schizophrenic"
"I didn't ask much. I just wanted to have a family”
"I have two reminders on my phone that every single day tell me to starve to death"
"I have always reacted to sorrow with anger and mostly anger directed on myself"
"I feel my emotions extremely strongly"