Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, short-lived episodes of sadness to major clinical depression. It is associated with low mood, feelings of sadness and hopelessness that last for more than a few days.
Each person experiences depression differently, for some depression can seriously interfere with participating in daily life, work and managing relationships. Others may find unhealthy coping strategies to try to manage the symptoms of depression whilst trying to balance the pressures of life. Regardless of your circumstances, depression is a treatable medical condition and there is help available.