Depression

Depression is a common mental health problem that causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.


Symptoms:

Depression symptoms may vary among people but generally encompass a feeling of sadness or hopelessness. These can include:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Sadness that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable of interesting
  • Feeling anxious all the time
  • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual
  • Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thinking about suicide and death
  • Self-harm

Useful guidance:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/dealing-with-depression/

MIND – information and advice about mental health issues – www.mind.org.uk

Young Minds – charity committed to improving mental health of children and young people – http://www.youngminds.org.uk/