Depression is a prevalent illness worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that it affects more than 300 million people. It can become a serious health problem, especially when it is long-lasting and moderate to severe intensity, and can cause great suffering and disrupt work, school and family activities.
In the worst case, it can lead to suicide. The term depression is used to refer to any of the depressive disorders: Major depressive disorder, Persistent depressive disorder, Other specified or unspecified depressive disorder.
Depressive disorders can occur at any age and are characterized by the sadness of sufficient intensity or duration to interfere with functionality, and sometimes by decreased interest in activities. Depression can generate stress and vital dysfunction. There is a relationship between depression and physical health, for example, cardiovascular diseases can cause depression and vice versa.
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