Depressive Disorders

Depression is the emotional state of feeling sad. Most of the time Depression appears in response to difficult situations in our lives.

By 2020, Depression will become the second leading cause for disability worldwide.

Types, Symptoms and Diagnosis

There are different categories of Depression. These include:

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Depression.

Symptoms of Depression can include an inner sense of low energy, lack of motivation, changes to sleep patterns and appetite, and more concerning is the high associations with suicidal ideations when Severe Depression is present.

Untreated Depression can lead to poor academic/occupational performance. It can also predispose the person to more severe and frequent episodes of Major Depression.

A psychiatric evaluation is needed to make a proper diagnosis.


Psychotherapy is a key component of the treatment. Medication can also improve prognosis and shorten the time of recovery.

Remember, early detection and treatment of Depression can improve your prognosis. If you or someone you know has these symptoms, it is important to seek help right away.