Dr Prerna Kohli - Psychologist Conselling on DepressionWhat is Depression?

Feeling sad or what we may call “depressed” happens to all of us. The sensation usually passes after a while. However, people with a depressive disorder – clinical depression- find that their state interferes with their daily life.

For people with clinical depression, their normal functioning is undermined to such an extent that both they and those who care about them are affected by it. Depression is not uniform. Signs and symptoms may be experienced by some sufferers and not by others. How severe the symptoms are, and how long they last depend on the individual person and his illness.

There is evidence supporting the idea that exercise can help patients with depression, particularly if they have or are at high risk of developing other conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, which can often be the case.

COURTESY: Dr. PRERNA KOHLI, PhD

Some of the symptoms of Depression:

  • A constant feeling of sadness, anxiety, and emptiness
  • The person feels hopeless
  • Individuals can feel restless
  • The sufferer may experience irritability
  • Patients may lose interest in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed
  • Levels of energy feel lower
  • Many people with a depressive illness find it hard to concentrate, remember details and make decisions
  • Eating habits may change
  • Mood Swings
  • Suicidal thoughts may occur

If you or anyone you know is suffering from Depression, I strongly recommend meeting with an experienced Psychologist.