Yes, depression is real.

Being sad is not the same as being in depression. Sadness is natural and unique to each individual. Both sadness and depression may overlap, but they differ in many ways. Depression is more than just sadness. It is a common, but serious mood disorder.

A lack of interest, sleeplessness or excessive sleep, lack of appetite or weight gain, feelings of worthlessness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, lack of energy, and all such emotional and physical problems can be symptoms of depression. But these symptoms must last at least two weeks for diagnosis of clinical depression (major depressive disorder).

Going for a trip, or partying with friends are not cures for depression. But fortunately, depression is a treatable disorder and help is available. With proper diagnosis and treatment, one can overcome it.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, seek the right kind of social support. Find a psychologist and talk about your concerns.

Let this be the start to address our mental health needs….

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