Depression causes negative changes in a persons mood (such as being sad all the time), feelings (such as feeling alone), thinking (low self esteem) and behaviour. People who have depression feel sad for a long time and the feeling of being sad does not go away. A person with depression finds it difficult to do everyday work and live a healthy and happy life.
Together with the feeling of being sad the person can also feel the following:
- No interest in everyday work
- Always feeling tired
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Problems focusing
- Eating too much or too little
In South Africa depression is also referred to as:
- “Dangala” (worn out of body and mind or dejected)
- “Khathele/ukukhathala” (sense of worry and also conveys peace)
- “Ukukhathazeha” (conveys grief, worry, hurt, sadness as well as heartache)
- “Thinking too much”
Depression can affect anyone. With the correct treatment depression can be treated and you can live a normal life.
What Causes Depression?
The cause of depression is different for every person. Possible triggers/causes include:
- Experiencing a stressful event (For example: losing a loved one, chronic illness, divorce, losing a job)
- Changes in the chemicals in the brain
- Hormonal changes
- Family history of depression increases your chances of getting depression.
What are the Effects of Depression?
Depression can affect you as a person as well as your relationships with others
- Feeling sad
- Poor hygiene (not taking care of how you look, not taking baths)
- Not being motivated
- Showing no interest in working towards life goals and daily tasks
- Thinking you are not important
- Not wanting to spend time with close family and friends
If you are feeling like this, click here to get help.