Depression

Depression is defined as ‘a persistent low mood’  that lasts for a long time, and can affect people’s everyday lives in different ways. It is more than simply feeling unhappy for a few days.

There are a variety of mental and physical symptoms that can be present with depression. Mental symptoms could include feelings of unhappiness ad hopelessness, lack of interest in anything, and tearfulness. Depression can be mild in severity, where low mood does not impede a persons capacity to lead a normal life, however it can make things seem harder and much less worthwhile. In the most severe instances, depression can be life-threatening and the person can feel suicidal.

Physical symptoms of depression may include feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and various aches and pains in addition to potential symptoms of anxiety.

To access up to date information on signs, symptoms and treatment guidance click on the links below:

https://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/en/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/depression/#.XScvvetKiUk

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/depression