Key Facts:

Depression is a common condition, experienced globally by more than 265 million people of all ages, social and ethnic background

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability when left untreated for long time

The World Health Organisation has reported depression as number 2 cause of death in 15-29-years-olds

Depression is a very personal experience and therefore difficult to define

Depression is a complex condition that is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors

The road to recovery will vary among different people. There are no ‘magic’ pills, as a pharmaceutical cure has not yet been discovered

Psychotherapy has long being recognised to be the single most effective way to treat depression


What is depression? Signs and symptoms

The feeling of depression is different from just feeling low or being unhappy from time to time.


Causes and risk factors

It is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Lifestyle choices, relationships, and coping skills matter even more than genetics.


The road to recovery

The key step to overcome depression is to ASK FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP.

Common signs and symptoms of depression


Total despair, life will never get better and there is nothing that one can do.

Nothing and nobody seem to matter anutmore. Inability to be intimate and sociable that can lead to isolation and overwhelming feelings of guilt and low self-esteem.

Feeling agitated and angry can often result in violent incidents. Your patience and tolerance are at a low level and you experience anger outbursts and tantrums.

Strong feelings of guilt and not been worthy. Extreme self-criticism and strong feelings of anger towards the self.

Insomnia, irregular sleeping patterns, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.

Significant weight loss /gain.

Feeling exhausted, sluggish and physically drained. Your whole body feels heavier and physical pains such as headaches /migraines, stomach pains, back pains.

Engaging in unhealthy behaviours as a form of escapism, such as: substance abuse, gambling, unprotected sex, dangerous driving, self-harming.

Finding it difficult to focus, extremely indecisive, not remembering things.

Risk factors for Depression

The unconscious is not just an envisioning, but a re-visioning; and therefore while one is writing one’s self, one also edits, cuts and pastes and reviews, again and again, and again.


If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation. Depression just is, like the weather.

Stephen Fry