When we think about mood, we all know we can have good and bad days and at times we all  feel sad, or just feel moody from time to time.  However, for some these feelings intensive and can last for days, weeks, months and in some cases years.  It can often leave us feeling confused as it can sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – which can impact on both a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Depression affects how people feel about themselves. For those that experience depression they may notice that they lose interest in work, hobbies and doing things they normally enjoy. They may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual. Some people feel irritable and some find it hard to concentrate. This makes managing life on a daily basis more difficult.

Not everyone’s experience of depression is the same and symptoms vary from time to time depending on a person’s lived experiences.  Below is a list of symptoms that people frequently report.


Behaviour

Not going out anymore

Not getting things done at work, school or within the home

Withdrawing from close family and friends

Relying on alcohol and sedatives

Not doing usual enjoyable activities

Unable to concentrate on things such as reading the newspaper or watching the television


Feelings

Overwhelmed

Guilty

Irritable

Frustrated

Unhappy

Indecisive

Disappointed

Miserable

Sadness


Thoughts

I’m a failure

It’s my fault

I’m not good enough

I’m worthless

Life’s not worth living

People would be better off without me


Physical

Tired all the time

Run down

Headaches and muscle pains

Churning tummy

Loss of sex drive

Loss or change of appetite

Significant weight loss or gain


Useful links:

http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/depression.asp

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/

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