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Recognising depression

Feeling low in mood or down and having depression may seem similar, but are actually very different.

We've all experienced feeling low or down. Feelings of sadness, loneliness and low self-esteem are normal reactions to loss and life's struggles and usually come and go.

When these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms and don't go away, they can stop you from living your normal life. That's when it's time to consider getting treatment for depression.

Physical and behavioural symptoms of depression

  • changes in your weight or appetite
  • constipation
  • aches and pains with no physical cause
  • feeling tired and lacking energy
  • lack of sex drive
  • disturbed sleep
  • crying
  • self-harming
  • avoiding social situations
  • distancing yourself from others
  • neglecting hobbies and interests

Mental symptoms of depression

  • experiencing a sense of unreality
  • feeling tearful
  • feeling numb and empty
  • getting no pleasure out of life
  • feeling anxious or worried, restless or agitated
  • feeling irritable and impatient

What you can do to cope with depression

Have a routine

Try to get up at your normal time, stick to a daily routine and eat regular meals.

Exercise

There's evidence that exercise can help improve your mood. Just a brisk 20-minute walk every day can help you feel better physically and emotionally.

Limit alcohol

Alcohol is often used as a way of blocking out emotions but can actually make your depression worse.

Choose a therapist near you

Justice Mill Lane
Aberdeen
AB11 6EQ

Mecklenburgh Place
Goodenough College
London
WC1N 2AY

83, Queens Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1QS

Wilcrick Place
Avondale Road
Cwmbran
NP44 1TX

25, Hosier Lane
London
EC1A 9PH

39, Queen Anne Street
London
W1G 9AZ

602 Marlborough Gate
Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK9 3XS

240, South Oak Way
Lime Square, Green Park
Reading
RG2 6UL

Junction 1 Retail Park
Leicester Road
Rugby
CV21 1RW

4, Cousin Lane
London
EC4R 3XJ

15, New Mart Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1RL

37 The Broadway
Wimbledon
London
SW19 1QB

27 Essex Road
Islington
London
N1 2SD

King George's Park
Burr Road
Wandsworth
SW18 4SQ

Simpson Way
Surbiton
KT6 4ER

Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT2 5EN

Shenfield Road
Brentwood
CM15 8EH

Stirling Road
Guildford
GU2 7RF

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