What is Depression?

Picture of depressed person A definition of depression includes:

And may include any of the following symptoms:

"It (depression) is not a fleeting sadness but a pervasive and relentless sense of despair. A lack of interest in life accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, feelings of uselessness and sleep disturbance are some of the more common symptoms.

"People with depression can't just 'snap-out of it'.

"There can be an array of causes - it can be due to stresses in the home or at work, or it can just come out of the blue. Sometimes family history can be a major factor."

- Professor Scott Henderson
Director of NHMRC Centre for Mental Health Research at ANU

Before running off to the doctor for some pills, consider this...

Just as there are many causes for depression, there are also many ways to prevent and combat it:

"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32