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Depression: do you know the signs?

One of the most important things you can do for someone who is depressed is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know.

Depression

Depression is a medical illness which negatively affects one’s mood, body, thoughts and feelings.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterised by extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning.

What is depression?

Depression is a medical illness. Everyone feels down or low at some stage, but when these lows last for long periods and affect general functioning and behaviour, the person may be suffering from a Depressive Disorder.

Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a long-lasting, less severe experience of depression symptoms.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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