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What you need to know about depression

Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. Depression is affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime.

Depression is different from usual mood swings and short-term emotional responses to challenges in everyday life.

Depression is an illness that involves not only the brain but the whole body, affecting the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things.

Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. Depression is an illness, that impacts all the areas of life like family, parenting, marriage, dating, making friends, work or studying.

In general, depression can affect anyone: men and women from all age groups, cultural backgrounds, in all professions, and at all stages of life. Even people whose lives seem carefree and contented can experience depression. Depression is more than a reaction to difficult life situations.

Get more information by listening to the Audios (in Mandinka and Wolof) on the following topic:

What you need to know about depression

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Signs and symptoms of depression

Information for parents of adolescents

What can I do?

Where to get help for depression in the Gambia


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iFightDepression is a project financed and implemented by:

Die Sprachversionen in Wolof und Mandinka wurden für in Deutschland lebende, aus Westafrika migrierte Menschen ermöglicht durch die Stiftung Deutsche Depressionshilfe und einer Förderung durch die Brigitte Letsch geborene Düppers Stiftung.