Depression typically consists of feeling very sad, discouraged, or disheartened too intensely and too often. People who are depressed may withdraw from other people or cry for little or no apparent reason. Depression is often accompanied by the irrational belief that what a person does is not good enough or that people will not like them. Victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or other trauma such as exposure to life threatening situations often develop a variety of symptoms including depression. Milder depression may also be caused by life events such as a divorce, loss of a loved one or Life Stage changes, such as retirement. Depression is also seen in children and adolescents. In these groups depression is often expressed as anger. Depression is most often treated with Individual Therapy and, when indicated, medication.
For more information on depression, go to: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml