What is Depression?


The word depression is often used when we are feeling sad or miserable or fed up. Nicholas Gill, the expressionist says: feeling sad or being fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass. Sometimes we know why we feel this way, sometimes we don’t. Usually to cope, we may talk to a friend about it but otherwise we don’t need any other help. However, if these feelings don’t change after a few weeks and they are so bad that they interfere with your daily life or if they come back over and over again for a few days at a time, do contact someone or contact us the Facial Expressions Research Group. It could be a sign that you are depressed in the medical sense of the term. In its mildest form, depression can mean being in low spirits; it mightn’t even stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. If this is happening and getting involved in your day to day work it could be more serious than you might think.

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