Depression

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

Extreme sadness and loss of hope that can appear, in the case of Alzheimer’s, when a person becomes aware of the decline in their abilities and the loss of independence.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“A depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected.”

Source: Dictionary.com. Clinical depression. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

 

Context

“Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes.”

Source: Mayo Clinic. Depression (major depressive disorder). [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

 

Note

  • Depression causes several symptoms such as apathy, social withdrawal, tiredness, or loss of appetite.
  • Encouraging a person with depression to do different activities, hanging out with people they like, or listening to their worries and needs can help them cope with the situation.

Synonym(s)

Depressive disorder / Major depressive disorder / Clinical depression

Depression : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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