Depression is characterized by an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness, emptiness, restlessness, irritability and guilt. Moreover, it is accompanied by dramatic changes in mood, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, decrease in energy, difficulty in focusing on tasks or making decisions, and problems in sleeping or awakening.
Other physical and psychological repercussions of depression include appetite and weight changes, aches and pains, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, etc. Major depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In a given year, it affects an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S., representing 6.7 percent of the total population. Read more