Depression is a serious medical condition that can affect anyone. Men, women and children are all susceptible to this disease which can have devastating effects on someone's daily life. Rich and famous or any 'ordinary' person. It might follow a traumatic experience such as a death or some other traumatic experience or come on suddenly for no apparent reason.
The effects of depression can interfere with a person's ability to function - work, sleep, study and enjoy life in a meaningful way. The symptoms to look for include: sadness, irritability, no interest in hobbies and activities which once were loved, hopelessness, problems sleeping, fatigue, thoughts of suicide or death, feelings of guilt and significant weight change. If these symptoms don't pass in a few weeks you should seek help.