As a kid, I always wondered why my aunt seldom or hardly smiles. I always told myself that she must be very sad, because I thought maybe the tooth fairy did not visit her. Or that Santa did not bring her a gift. Then one day, when I was a teenager, I overheard my mom and her sister saying that my aunt was just like her mom. They both agreed that my aunt should see a doctor, very soon. I always remembered the worry and dismay of that conversation. Only later on, when there were a few suicides in this very family of mine, did I realize and made the connection that the monster lurking in the shadows of this tower of darkness has a name – Depression!
The following learning material introduces the understanding of depression, the causes of depression and the symptoms experienced by many and which often goes unrecognized.