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Depression is more than the blues; it is more than the normal, everyday ups and downs. When that "down" mood, along with other symptoms, lasts for more than a couple of weeks, the condition may be clinical depression. Clinical depression is a serious health problem that affects the total person. In addition to feelings, it can change behaviour, physical health and appearance, academic performance, and the ability to handle everyday decisions and pressures.

Depression describes a huge range of negative thoughts and feelings from sadness to utter hopelessness and an equally broad spectrum of physical symptoms. If the cause is a specific external event, such as a bereavement, depression is usually temporary; it has a natural time span and after a while life settles down to normality again.

Depression can also follow childbirth: "Post natal depression". It can occur after Glandular Fever and other viral infections or be brought on by changes in 99dy chemistry produced by addiction to drugs or alcohol. Depression is not something to be ashamed of - it is a recognised illness.

99th chronic and acute depression can respond to constitutional treatment from an experienced homeopath.

See related article on depression by Francesca Sinclair Taylor.