Depression is more than just 'feeling a bit
Everyone will have times when they feel sad, but depression
lasts longer and is more severe. People with depression may lack
energy, lose interest in things they usually enjoy or even have
suicidal thoughts. Some people will have physical symptoms, like
headaches or lack of sleep.
Depression usually comes in episodes, which can be mild,
moderate, or severe. Some people will have only one episode of
depression in their lifetime. Others may have recurrent
Sometimes there is an obvious reason for becoming depressed,
sometimes not. Sometimes it can be hard to know if you are
There are lots of treatments available for depression. For some
people, things like getting more exercise will help. Others will
require talking therapy, such as counselling or cognitive
behavioural therapy. Some people respond well to medication.
In severe cases, it may be helpful to spend some time in
Depression is very common, and most people who experience
depression are able to lead fulfilling lives.
If you think you may be depressed, contact your GP or find out
more on Mind's website.