The fact is that depression can develop in anyone, and at any age. The types of depression include: 

  • Persistent depressive disorder (symptoms last for two years) 
  • Psychotic depression 
  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Postpartum depression (occurs in women after having a baby) 
  • Seasonal affective disorder (occurs during the winter months) 
  • Depression coupled with anxiety disorders 

Causes and risk factors: 

Chemical imbalances in the brain cause depression. These can occur on their own as a result of genetics and hormonal issues. Depression can also coexist with other illnesses. No matter the exact cause of depression, it can result in numerous physical and emotional symptoms. 

Some of the most common symptoms of depression include: 

  • Persistent 
  • Sadness 
  • Lack of interest in activities 
  • You once loved guilt 
  • Hopelessness
  • Insomnia and 
  • Fatigue 
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety 
  • Weakness
  • Aches
  • Concentration difficulties 
  • Weight loss or gain (usually from changes in eating habits) 
  • Suicidal disposition