The key features of depression are low mood, despondency, loss of interest in things in which the sufferer previously found pleasure, lack of energy and drive, and a range of physical symptoms such as headaches and digestive disorders. Sufferers frequently suffer from insomnia, appetite changes, oversensitivity, irritability, poor concentration and poor memory.

Sufferers often perceive themselves as wrong and guilty, the environment as strange and hostile, the own life as a sequence of failure and defeat; negative thoughts dominate and create fears.

Typical characteristics of depression are physical symptoms such as sleeping disorders, loss of appetite, loss of sexual interest and closeness, heart arrythmia, headache, neck and back pain, stomach ache, indigestion, weakness and exhaustion, anxiety and agitation.

Depression can occur as individual, sometimes recurrent episodes or as a milder form which may last for several years and consists of occasional periods of low mood, lack of energy, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness and physical symptoms.

Symptoms of children and teenagers may resemble the adults´ symptoms, but may also differ in parts depending on age and growth.

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I wish I could show you
when you are lonely or in darkness the amazing light of your own being.

Hafiz