A staggering one in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Even if you are lucky enough not to suffer, it’s inevitable that at least a few people your life will, and that’s why it’s so important that we destigmatize this prevalent issue.

Unlike with physical illnesses, those who have a mental health problem are often made to feel even worse when it affects their day-to-day life, which leads to a vicious cycle that can cause their condition to worsen and, on occasion, prevent them from seeking out help.

While mental illness can take a myriad of forms, for many people, it manifests itself as depression, which will affect one in 12 at some point. This terrible ailment is characterized by intense feelings of hopelessness that can last for months, if not, years at a time.

Check out the video below for an insight into the science behind depression:

Because depression alters a person’s mood significantly, it affects every single aspect of their life – from their appetite to how well they are sleeping at night. However, if you are astute to its effects, you could potentially help yourself or even a loved one escape from its claws.

Now, scientists have come a step closer to defining how depression affects a person’s use of language.