What is Depression?
Mental illness affects individuals across all ages, income levels, education, or race. Nearly 8% of people will experience depression at some point in their lives (CAMH).
Depression may present on its own or as a complication of another disease such as: Alzheimer’s, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain syndrome, heart failure, diabetes, post-partum, hypothyroidism, insomnia, HIV, drug abuse, and more.
Symptoms of depression:
- Depressed mood
- Lack of interest in activities which previously was interested in
- Altered sleep habits
- Altered appetite (increase or decreased)
- Decreased energy
- Psychomotor agitation
- Excessive guilt
Women may also experience (but are not limited to):
- Body pain
- Digestive upset
Men may also experience (but are not limited to):
- Suicide behaviour
- Risky behaviour
- Anger or aggression