This section might be useful to you if you have depression or if you think you might have depression. It explains the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression. It may also help you if you’re a carer, friend or relative of someone with depression.
- Some signs of depression are feeling low, feeling bad about yourself and not wanting to do things.
- Depression affects different people in different ways.
- If you think you might have depression you can speak to your GP.
- Depression may be treated with medication and talking treatments. Self-help techniques, peer support groups and coping strategies can also help.
- Different things can lead to depression. Your upbringing, stressful events and your lifestyle might all have an effect.
- If you feel low, getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods might help. It might also help to keep active, even if you don’t feel like it.
This section covers:
- What is depression?
- What are the symptoms of depression and how is it diagnosed?
- What are the different types of depression?
- What causes depression?
- How is depression treated?
- What treatment should I be offered?
- What if I am not happy with my treatment?
- What self care and management skills can I try?
- What risks and complications can depression cause?
- Information for family, carers and friends
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in July 2018. Next review July 2021.
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