What is depression? Learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression here and discover common causes, as well as treatment and prevention methods.

Treating depression

Almost all sufferers who are appropriately treated will experience at least some symptom relief.

Types of depression

There are several different types and sub-types of depressive illness, just as heart disease may present in different ways. Three of the more common forms are:

Diagnosing depression

To diagnose a depressive disorder, the health professional or family doctor would do a full evaluation.

Risk factors of depression

With depression, everyone's at risk of getting it. However, there are certain factors that can increase a person's likelihood of developing depression. Depression is often difficult to recognise as it manifests differently from one sufferer to the next.

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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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