Depression is more than just a low mood. Some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and often without reason. People with depression find it hard to function every day and may be reluctant to participate in daily activities.
Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.
Symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Everything appears overwhelming, nothing is going right and there is nothing you can do to improve the situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. There is a lack or loss of interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant changes in weight.
- Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
- Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, angry, restless, or even violent.
- Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued and physically drained.
- Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
- Reckless behaviour. Relying on alcohol, smoking, drugs, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.