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.

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