Depressive episodes are widespread, with around one in five suffering from them at some point in their lives. They usually don’t appear overnight; Anyone who recognizes the first symptoms early can take countermeasures more easily or avoid a relapse. Typical signs are constant tiredness and exhaustion, headaches. In addition, brooding over problems that weren’t there before, a lack of desire to meet up with friends, concentration and sleep problems, a drop in performance, reduced self-esteem and inner restlessness. As with other lifestyle diseases, lifestyle plays a major role in depression: how we exercise and eat, how we deal with stress – all of this can make a difference.

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