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Depression

What's wrong?

Most people feel sad, fed up, unhappy or low at some point in their life - this is completely normal. It can be because of what is happening in our life such as the death of someone close, a relationship issue, health troubles or problems at work and sometimes it just appears out of nowhere.

We know that most of the time it won't affect us for too long but if it does go on for a while, we get stuck. It can feel as though the unhappiness and other symptoms of depression have taken over our lives.

Depression is not just an occasional low mood and it does not mean that you are a weak person. It is a recognised condition that can affect the whole body as well as our mood and how we think.

Everyone is different and so the symptoms of depression can vary. They may include:

• unshakable or constant low mood

• feeling helpless or hopeless

• low self-esteem and self-confidence

• experiencing lots of negative thinking (being self-critical or pessimistic)

• feeling irritable or impatient

• finding it difficult to concentrate or make decisions

• feeling numb, empty, and tired

• experiencing changes in sleep pattern

• changes in eating habits

• avoiding doing the things you normally enjoy including seeing family or friends

• experiencing thoughts about hurting yourself or that things might be better if you were dead.

However it doesn’t have to continue. There is support and effective treatment out there that can help you manage your depression and improve your quality of life.

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