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What is depression?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Today, many young people commonly experience feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. How to recognise and deal with these issues is an important step towards developing a healthy mind.

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition whereby a person may experience feelings like sadness, numbness, irritability, tiredness, loss of interest in activities, over a period of time.

What causes depression?

There are many causes of depression. Sometimes the symptoms of depression come on a person gradually or sometimes they come on the person quickly. It can develop for different reasons and there could be many different triggers. Some of the causes could include:

  • stress at school/work - about grades or relationships or meeting deadlines

  • financial pressures

  • emotional trauma - like bereavement

  • experiencing a serious medical illness

  • Family history

  • Family break-up

  • Limited work/life balance

  • The misuse of alcohol/drugs

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