Depression is one of the most common mental health issues people struggle with and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.
One of the tricky things about depression is that it can start gradually, with only a few mild signs that seem easy to manage, and remain unnoticed for some time.
Many people believe that in order to receive a diagnosis and seek help for their symptoms, depression has to be debilitating and cause significant problems in their life.
What they don't realise, is that some of the more subtle signs of depression are often the first indication that something is going on and that it might be time to take seek help.
One of the biggest misconceptions about depression is that it is just about being sad. People who don't understand the severity of this mental health issue often dismiss those who are experiencing symptoms as "just being sad." This perception of depression, combined with misinformation, is often what prevents people from speaking up about it.