Everyone feels down, sad, pessimistic at times – it’s just part of being human. But when these moods don’t go away and when they affect your relationships and your ability to do stuff then you may be suffering from the diagnosable condition called depression. It’s not easy to define and not everyone who is depressed will experience the disorder in the same way or benefit from the same kind of treatment.
The World Health Organization uses a metaphor – The Black Dog. It’s a good place to start when trying to understand what depression is. From there you can check out the other great reading, videos and other media below. And these are just a small sample of the quality stuff out there. Tell us what we missed.