INTRODUCTION TO DEPRESSION
It is normal to feel sad at some point in our lives, but this may be a problem if you have been feeling low for a long time and it has affected your daily life.
Feeling sad for at least two weeks is often called clinical depression. It is a mental health condition and not a “weakness”. Most of all, it cannot be willed away.
David, the father of three children, used to feel secure and confident about his work and family's future. Everything changed when he was retrenched. He couldn't eat, sleep and concentrate on finding a job. He became irritable and snapped at his wife and children. Worst of all, he started to feel guilty for not being able to support the family and started to think that he was a failure. It was only because his family doctor insisted that he see a psychiatrist then he found out that he was suffering from depression…
(Grown Men Don't Cry, 2006, The Institute of Mental Health)
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