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Depression 101: Definition and Symptoms

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Depression negatively impacts a person’s emotions, thoughts and behavior. If you know someone depressed, you would have noticed how sadness and a lack of interest in once-enjoyed activities impact their lives. Depression is detrimental and can cause mental and physical health issues. It can also impact how your daily life, both at work and home. But thankfully, it can also be treated.

I have prepared this post, the first in my series of posts on how to deal with depression, to raise awareness about depression and educate people.

Here is what you will find in this post:

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What is Depression?

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

What To Do If You or a Loved One is Suffering from Depression?


What is Depression?

Simply said, depression is a mood disorder that results in sadness and loss of interest. It has different names, including clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

Depression impacts a person’s life with a persistently low mood that interferes with their daily activities and can progress to further mental and medical complications.

It's possible that you're having a hard time functioning in daily life and that some days you could even question whether or not it's even worth fighting for.

Remember, depression is more than just a bad mood, and it can get tough to deal with it in everyday life. Long-term therapy for depression is sometimes necessary.

Since there is so much on the internet about depression, you could fall victim to the tendency to categorize unpleasant behavior as depression.

That’s why before you diagnose yourself with depression, make sure you contact a professional who can help you.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

Please note that depression can differ from mild to severe. Here are some symptoms that you must be aware of:

  • Sadness and loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed

  • Weight loss or gain that is unrelated to dieting and changes in appetite

  • Change in sleep patterns (sleeping too much or loss of sleep)

  • Increased fatigue or experiencing loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Difficulty in making thinking, concentrating or making decisions

  • Thinking about death or suicide

What To Do If You or a Loved One is Suffering from Depression?

These symptoms help you become aware of your situation and seek professional help. Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem on your own, get in touch with a professional and seek their opinion. Once you know that you or a loved one a suffering from depression, you can figure out how to deal with it.

One of the many ways to deal with depression is Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy (RTH). Therapeutic benefits of RTH include dealing with different mental health issues, including but not limited to sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, low confidence, and phobia.


Depression can negatively impact your everyday life. The best course of action is to seek professional help. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with depression, Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy can help you deal with it. If you are wondering where to begin your journey with therapy, you can get in touch with me, and we will find a way for you.

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