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Depresion: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about depression.

What is Depression?

Many of us have used the phrase, “I’m so depressed!” at some point to express that you are feeling down. However a temporary feeling of being down or feeling “blue” is very different to real depression, which is  a mental illness. Depression is not the feeling sad, down or even dealing with grief, it is an overwhelming sense of despair. It is bleak and dark.


Depression is a treatable mental illness, however for a long time there has been a great deal of stigma attached to even admitting you might have depression. Due to negative attitudes towards mental health, a lot of cases of depression go untreated. For those that seek treatment, there is an excellent chance of recovery and generally people respond well to treatment.

Depression Facts – 

Depression is a mental illness. It negatively affects the way you feel, how you think, how you act and your ability to function in everyday life. If you have these feelings for more than 2 weeks, you should consult a doctor.

  • What triggers stress?
    Stress is your body’s reaction to a trigger. Its is generally a short-term experience. Stress is not necessarily negative. There can be positive affects from stress. When stress helps you pull of the impossible, it is positive. Stress can however lead to insomnia, poor concentration, and impaired ability to do the things you normally do, which is very negative. Stress is a response to a threat in any given situation.
  • What triggers anxiety?
    Anxiety is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety does not fade away, it hangs on and can cause significant consequences in social, occupational, and other important areas of your life affecting your ability to function. Long terms chronic stress can lead to long-term chronic anxiety. Anxiety & Stress is a complaint among people irrespective of their age. There can be various reasons for the development of Anxiety & Stress and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.
  • How does stress affect your health?
    It can affect your health in many ways. It can cause headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart palpitation, skin rashes, loss of sleep.
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