“Let’s begin with a basic definition:”

Researchers have found that depression is not an imaginary illness, there is a part of the brain called the hippocampus which is associated with memory and emotion, this can shrink by up to 17% when someone develops depression, so depression is very real.

Hippocampal volume in early onset depression. BMC Med 2004 Jan 29;2. Epub 2004 Jan 29. Frank P MacMaster, Vivek Kusumakar.

Clinical depression is usually accompanied by several of these identifiable signs that persist for at least two weeks:

Persistent low mood or sadness

Fatigue or low energy levels

Feelings of dejection, despondency, apathy, and hopelessness

Lack of energy

Trouble sleeping, or sleeping a lot more than usual

Significant weight loss or weight gain

Loss of interest in work, recreational activities, interests

Loss of interest in food

Neglect of personal hygiene

Cognitive abilities are slowed or difficult


Inability to function in normal tasks

Suicidal thoughts


It is really important to get this checked out by a doctor to rule out other medical conditions that can mimic depression, for example thyroid and hormonal issues can cause very similar effects as depression.