Depression Facts

Depression is a mood disorder, and it is not simply a feeling of unhappiness. Clinical depression will impair an individual's ability to function in the workplace, in the home, and in relationships.

Depression is not a sign of weakness or personal fault. Depression can result from: a genetic predisposition, illness, stroke, trauma and loss, hormonal changes due to thyroid disorder, pre-menopause or menopause, pregnancy, miscarriage, and seasonal changes. Depression can be managed through counselling that aims to adjust thought and behaviour patterns that perpetuate depressive symptoms. There are a number of therapies that can help to alleviate symptoms and allow you to enjoy life once again. Treatment for depression should include small manageable steps and goals that do not overwhelm a depressed individual.


Please note that that the following assessment tools are for information purposes only. They do not substitute or function for the purpose of professional medical diagnoses.

The main symptom of depression is a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure that:

Other symptoms of depression may include:

Symptom profile taken from: American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, (4th ed., text revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts please seek immediate medical attention at your local emergency room