Depression is a condition characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness or despondency that interfere with the sufferer’s everyday life. It often includes feelings of hopelessness and low self-worth. A person with depression can find it difficult to maintain an interest, whether it’s in what’s going on around them or life in general.
There is no single cause of depression and psychiatrists believe it is more likely to be a combination of different influences such as biological factors (genetics, hormones or a chemical imbalance) and environmental factors (life events such as a trauma or loss of a loved one). Depression can occur at any life stage and includes: