Everyone feels sad or anxious at times. Normally these feelings ease and you can get on with life. But if your feelings begin to interfere with daily activities or they continually come back you may be depressed.
Symptoms of depression can include:
- Feeling down or sad for long periods of time
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Feeling of isolation
- Feeling guilty or loss of self esteem
- Sleep problems
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy level
- Loss of concentration
- Thinking about suicide or death
There can be many reasons for depression. Relationship difficulties, bereavement, past experiences or a sudden illness can all play a part in causing depression.
Sometimes just trying to maintain a positive attitude and keeping busy helps to ease depressive feelings. Connecting with friends and family may also help.
Treatment for depression is widely available including self-help groups, talking therapies and counselling. In some cases medication may be prescribed. In the first instance see your GP who may refer you to a specialist or group.