Psychiatric Nurses from the Upper West Regional Health Directorate has stated that depression is a major cause of disabilities worldwide.
According to Mr Sylverster Basagnia, a world health organization study revealed that over 3 million people are suffering from depression globally.
Possible causes of depression according to him include a combination of biological, psychological and social sources of distress.
Increasingly, research suggests that these factors may cause changes in brain function, including altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
Mr Sylverster Basagnia added that children can also suffer depression most especially when their parents or caretakers abused them.
Talking about treatment Mr. Isaac Niababora said the main treatment for depression is usually medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two.
Research suggests that these treatments may normalize brain changes associated with depression.
He was quick to add that people should not hastily judge others as depressed because depressive modes can be confused with other mental ill situations.