Understanding Depression

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Typical signs of depression in adults include persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness, feeling irritated, overwhelming feelings of guilt, anxiety, frustration, or anger, changes in appetite, an inability to concentrate, and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

What Does It Feel Like?

You may be experiencing symptoms of depression if you frequently feel:

– tearful, empty, or worthless
– have little interest or pleasure in your work, hobbies, friends, family, and other things you once enjoyed
– notice dramatic changes up or down in your appetite or your weight (not related to dieting)
– fatigued for no obvious reason
– have trouble concentrating or making decisions
– showing signs of anxious restlessness — or the opposite, moving or speaking more slowly than usual
– struggle with insomnia or sleep too much
– have recurrent thoughts of suicide or death

What Causes It?

Relationship problems, changes in life circumstances, genetics, and trauma can all precipitate feelings of depression. Drug and alcohol abuse can also cause depression. Depression can occur spontaneously and may also run in families.

What Can I Do?

The first thing to do is speak to a health professional – like many illnesses, depression can worsen if left untreated.

There are a variety of treatments that may help to alleviate your symptoms, and get you back to feeling yourself again.

Talking Therapy

Exercise

Mindfulness Techniques

Medication

St John’s Wort

More details are available via https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/clinical-depression/treatment/