Depression is a common illness worldwide, with around 270 million people affected. It is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause to function poorly at work, at school and in the household. At its worst, depression leads to suicide. Close to one million people commit suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. But it is also treatable.