If you think that you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you are not alone. Each year millions of adults, adolescents and children worldwide experience a period of clinical depression, causing pain and suffering not only to those experiencing 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. However, if these feelings begin to affect your daily life and sense of physical well-being, it is a good idea to seek professional help.

Unfortunately, because the symptoms of depression often mimic physical sickness, many people suffer undiagnosed. Once diagnosed, 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 mental health facility  near to you for a full assessment by one of our qualified practitioners. Akeso’s general psychiatry units are specifically equipped to help individuals and their loved ones cope with depression, by providing them with an integrated treatment programme within a safe haven for recovery, and equipping them and their loved ones with the necessary tools to help them manage their lives going forward.

Self-assessment tools

The self-assessment tools are simple yes/no questions that can help you understand if you, or a loved one, may need assistance with what you're experiencing. There are five self-assessment tools to choose from.

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