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What is depression?

What is depression?

Many people go through periods of feeling down. When you are depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months rather than a few days. Depression is more than unhappiness and it is important to know you are not alone. If you are feeling depressed, help is available now.

Depression is an illness with very real symptoms. It is not a sign of weakness or something you can snap yourself out of by pulling yourself together. The good news is that with the right treatment and support you can begin to feel relief.

Depression can cause a wide variety of symptoms from losing interest in the things you usually enjoy, feeling tearful, feeling anxious. There can be physical symptoms too such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly and having aches and pains. It can also affect appetite; you may be comfort eating or eating too little. You may find that you are sleeping too much or too little. Perhaps you are avoiding connection with others which is enhancing your sense of being alone. This can feel frightening at times and seeking support can help.

It is important to see your GP if you are feeling depressed, particularly if you are having thoughts of suicide or harming yourself. Treatment for depression can involve a combination of lifestyle change, talking therapy and medicine.

If you need immediate mental health support

Call NHS 24 on 111 or attend your local A&E department.

Call your GP practice.

Call Samaritans on 116 123

Call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87

Contact Young Minds Crisis messenger by texting YM85258 You will be connected to a trained volunteer for young people.

Call Childline on 0800 1111 24