Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.
Depression can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide. When mild, people can be treated without medicines but when depression is moderate or severe they may need medication and professional talking treatments.
Depression is a disorder that can be reliably diagnosed and treated by non-specialists as part of primary health care. Specialist care is needed for a small proportion of individuals with complicated depression or those who do not respond to first-line treatments.
World Mental Health Day 2012
WHO: Recovering from mental illness with dignity
- Note for the media: World Mental Health Day 2012 on depression
Secretary General's message: World Mental Health Day 2012
Video "I had a black dog: his name was depression"
mhGAP Video on mental health care in low resource settings
mhGAP Video on mental illness