What is depression?
The low mood of depression is deeper, longer and more unpleasant than the short periods of unhappiness we all have from time to time.
It can cause a loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and can interfere with everyday life. It can change the way you think and feel, affect the way you eat and sleep, and you may feel sad for no reason at all. Some people will have difficulty concentrating, others may feel chronically exhausted.
Depression can be the result of life events, for example, post-natal depression, or it can feel as though it has come from no where.
Am I depressed?
Because the symptoms of depression develop gradually and affect different people in different ways, it may be that a close friend or family member notices there is something wrong, before you do.
- Low mood
- No motivation
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Over-eating or no interest in food
- Over-sleeping or not getting any sleep
- Low self-esteem
- Avoiding contact with friends and family
- Lack of interest in sex
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
Asking for help is probably the hardest step. But the first step, in getting proper assistance, is to see your GP.