If you think that you or one of your loved ones is suffering from depression, you are not alone. Each year millions of adults - and children - worldwide experience a period of clinical depression, causing pain and suffering not only to those suffering from this debilitating disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression destroys both individuals and families, and needs to be treated seriously.

Common symptoms of depression include changes in appetite, energy levels, libido or sex drive, concentration and the capacity to enjoy life and normal activities.

Depression should not be confused with normal periods of feeling down or discouraged, which usually pass within a few days or weeks. If these feelings begin to affect your daily life and sense of physical wellbeing, however, it is probably a good idea to seek help.

Unfortunately, because the symptoms of depression often mimic physical sickness, many people suffer undiagnosed. Once identified, however, depression can be successfully treated.

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, please click here to use our Self-Assessment tool, or call an Akeso Clinic near to you for a full assessment by one of our qualified practitioners. Akeso Clinic’s General Psychiatry Units are specifically equipped to help patients and their loved ones cope with depression, by providing them with an integrated treatment program designed to not only provide a safe haven for recovery, but also equip patients and their loved ones with the necessary tools to help them manage their lives going forward.

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