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About one in 10 people, possibly more, in the UK will experience depression during their lifetime. However, the exact number is hard to estimate because many people do not get help, or are not formally diagnosed with the condition. When sadness and other symptoms of depression are intense and last for long periods of time, they can signal clinical depression or major depression, a serious medical illness that needs professional care.

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Depression is common after critical illness

People who survive a life-threatening illness that needs intensive care are three times more likely to suffer from depression than people in the general population.

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Most people have felt sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem.

When feelings of intense sadness, including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless, last for more than a couple of weeks and keep you from functioning normally, your depression may be something more than sadness. It may very well be clinical depression, a treatable medical condition.

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