Feeling sad is a normal, short-term emotional state that is triggered by upsetting, hurtful or distressing experiences. Everyone will feel sad at some point and no one should be judged by expressing his or her sadness. Depression alternatively is an emotional disturbance that can affect our body, mind and overall outlook in life. Someone may feel a sense of hopelessness about the future, experience sleep disturbance, changes in appetite and have suicidal thoughts. We have many ways to access information on depression and how to treat it – so never delay and reach out. Has someone you know withdrawn from social events? Do they appear tired and disinterested in everything? Do you notice any changes in their appearance? Always remember that different people may express depressive symptoms in different ways – you are always welcome to speak with us, collect information from our clinic or give us a call.