Depression is when someone experiences a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects their everyday life.
What is depression?
Many people will experience low moods from time to time. However if the feelings start to interfere with a person’s life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or recur often, this could be a sign of depression.
There are different types of depression and you can find out more about these on Mind’s website.
What are some of the symptoms of depression?
- Low mood, feeling sad or down
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Feeling hopeless and desperate
- Loss of concentration
- Suicidal feelings
- Less pleasure / interest in things
- Decreased sex drive
What is it like to live with depression?
Everyone’s experience is different, but someone may describe feeling down, hopeless or empty. They can feel like they don't have any motivation and that it's impossible to enjoy anything anymore.
Everyone responds to depression in different ways. But some common behaviours that people with depression and their friends and family describe are:
- Cancelling plans with friends, or giving up hobbies they normally enjoy
- Staying in bed for long periods of time
- Changes in appetite
- Using drink or drugs more often
- Snapping at family and friends
- Avoiding or calling in sick to work, school or university
Where can I find out more?
Visit the Mind website to find out more about depression, including information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and recovery.
You can also find information about depression on the Rethink Mental Illness website.