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1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Depression 3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with Depression
4. Information on Treatment and Support for Depression  

2. Depression

A lot of people will have periods in their life when they feel down, but being depressed means that you have felt sad or down for weeks or months not just for a few days.

People who have gone through depression often say that people have told them to "Pull yourself together" or "you're not ill, just snap out of it" but unfortunately when you are truly depressed this isn't the case.  

Depression affects people in different ways and people will suffer from a wide range of symptoms.  Common symptoms of depression are:

  • Lasting feelings of unhappiness;
  • Hopelessness;
  • Losing interest in the things you enjoy;
  • Tearful;
  • Symptoms of anxiety;
  • Constantly tired;
  • Sleeping badly;
  • Over sleeping;
  • No appetite or over eating;
  • Headaches or other aches and pains;
  • Irritability;
  • Thoughts of suicide

The symptoms of depression can range from mild where you feel sad all the time to severe which can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.  If you are feeling suicidal then call 999.

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