It’s normal for everyone to feel sad or upset from time-to-time, but if these feelings are intense, long-lasting or are affecting your quality of life, you might be suffering with depression. It’s important to understand that depression is an illness, not a sign of weakness, and is treatable even in the most severe of cases.
Depression causes you to experience persistent low moods. Sometimes, these can be so bad that you find that you can’t function effectively in your daily life. Other symptoms of depression may include:
- Intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Losing interest in activities or hobbies you used to enjoy
- Anger, irritability and frustration
- Physical changes like disturbed sleep, disturbed appetite and low sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory and not being motivated to do things
There are also lots of different types of depression, which can each cause different symptoms. However, whatever your symptoms and whatever type of depression you’re struggling with, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence with depression. Seeking help can be daunting but it really is the most important step you can take. With the right treatment programme, we can help you to overcome your symptoms and get back on track.