Most people go through periods of feeling down but when someone is clinically depressed they feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. It is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn't a sign of weakness or something someone can just "snap out of" by "pulling themselves together". The good news is that with the right treatment and support most people with depression can make a full recovery.
How do you cope with depression?