Everyone experiences difficult periods in their lives where they feel unhappy, have a low mood, or feel sad about life. When these feelings continue for weeks or months this may be seen as clinical depression.
People can be diagnosed with depression when they have a low mood for a long time, usually for more than two to three weeks, and which affects their lives day to day.
Depression is significant, and is very common, when someone is going through depression it can be very difficult to overcome the feelings they are experiencing. Asking for help can be difficult, but is a sign of strength not weakness. Most people who get the right treatment and support recover from depression, and there are lots of ways to manage and reduce the symptoms.
There are also other types of depression, including: