A person’s thoughts, behaviour, tendencies, feelings, and overall sense of well-being can all be affected by depression, which is characterised by a low mood and aversion to activity. Anxiety and sadness are common short-term responses to major life changes like the death of a loved one. Major depressive disorder (MDD) with melancholic features is known as melancholic depression. Even though melancholic depression is no longer recognised as a separate illness, it is still very real. The disorder has far-reaching repercussions, influencing many facets of a person’s life. Not only can it affect things like appetite and sleep, but it may also affect how you feel and act. People with MDD often struggle to get through the day because they have lost interest in previously enjoyable activities.


Feeling extremely sad for an extended period of time, losing interest in things that were once enjoyable, feeling tired all the time, anxious, and irritable.

Alterations in eating, sleeping, and bodily movement (such as jiggling a leg when you previously didn't)

Inability to focus, make decisions, or remember important details, and preoccupation with death and suicide or attempts to end one's own life

A complete or nearly complete lack of interest in regular activities

Unwillingness to acknowledge or respond to good developments

Severe depression, a loss of self-esteem, and the inability to sleep have been linked to dramatic weight loss.