What is depression?

Everyone has their ups and downs and you may feel low for many different reasons but that does not mean that you are depressed. Clinical depression is a diagnosed mood disorder that lasts longer and affects your ability to function on a day to day basis. It can affect all areas of your life such as work, relationships and health. It may be triggered by a life event such as a bereavement, relationship problem or illness or it may appear to come out of the blue with no apparent cause.

What are the symptoms?

If you have been experiencing some or all of the following symptoms most of the time for 2 weeks or more you should seek help:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless
  • Disrupted sleep and fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Reduced concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Reduced libido
  • Reduction in day to day functioning, loss of motivation
  • Stopping hobbies/reducing social contact
  • Thoughts that life is not worth living
  • Increase in the use of drugs/alcohol to try and manage your thoughts

What are the therapies that can help? 

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