What is depression?

Depression is more than feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.  It is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration. 

There are several types of depression such as mild or major, bi-polar disorder, post-natal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Depression can happen suddenly as a result of physical illness, experiences dating back to childhood, unemployment, bereavement, family problems or other life-changing events.

Sometimes there may be no clear reason for your depression but, whatever the cause, identifying what may affect how you feel and the things that are likely to trigger depression are important first steps.

The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.

How are you feeling?

Common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Sadness that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Avoidance of people or activities – even close friends
  • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thinking about suicide and death
  • Self-harm
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping problems
  • Not being able to enjoy things which are usually pleasurable or interesting
  • Feeling anxious all the time.
  • Living with depression is difficult for those who suffer from it and for their family, friends and colleagues.  It can be difficult to know if you are depressed and what you can do about it.

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