Depression is a common but serious illness which interferes with daily life, the ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Some genetics research indicates that risk for depression results from the influence of several genes acting together with environmental or other factors. Some types of depression tend to run in families. However, depression can occur in people without family histories of depression too. People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.
World Health Day 2017: Depression: Let´s Talk
Depression was the theme for 2017 World Health Day. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.
Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.
Learn more about the campaign at Depression. Let´s Talk