It’s natural to feel down sometimes, but if that low mood lingers day after day, it could signal depression. Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a negative personality.
It is a major public health problem and a treatable medical condition.
Alexander K, a 17-year-old school boy, is being held as a suspect in the death of his entire family after they were all found hacked to death in their beds at home in Tambov, Russia.
Alexander had reportedly suffered from depression after his mother died of cancer three years ago.
He is also believed to have withdrawn from his family and friends and joined a sect. To add to all these, he did not get along with his father and his father’s new girlfriend, but the friction between him and his family is believed to have come to a crux after his family refused to lend him 200,000 RUB (£2,788).
Alexander’s grandmother, Vera 67, his father, victor, 43, and his sister, Victoria 14 were all found in their beds with multiple axe wounds. Alexander is being questioned by police and is expected to be charged with murder afterwards.
They include feeling several of the following for at least 2 weeks:
- Feeling sad, anxious, or empty
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
- Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
- Trouble with concentration, memory, or making decisions
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Appetite changes
- Gaining or losing weight
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Thoughts of suicide or death