Different types of mental health problems - Depression
Everyone has times when they feel stressed, upset or down – and it’s normal to feel disappointed when things don’t go as you hoped. These feelings will come and go from time to time and generally, don’t last very long.
It is when someone is feeling down, low or depressed, along with other symptoms, for more than a couple of weeks that a person may have depression (sometimes referred to as clinical depression).
Depression is a lot more common than most people think. It can affect people of all ages and in many different ways.
Some of the signs and symptoms include:
- feeling hopeless or worthless
- a loss of appetite
- feeling very tired or on the other hand, agitated and unable to concentrate on anything
- finding it hard to sleep, to study or to find pleasure in hobbies
- avoiding friends or feeling like they want to harm themselves.
Depression can happen suddenly as a result of some difficult life experience, or can emerge more slowly, with no clear reason for it.
Either way, it's important to understand that depression is not a weakness, it is a recognised mental health issue and it is important that a person with depression gets help.
For more info:
Find out where you can get support if you are worried that you have depression
Find out how you can help someone who has depression
Find out how you can talk about depression and mental health
Depression Alliance - provides information on all aspects of depression including how it’s treated, recommended reading and things you can do to help yourself
The Reawakening Center - offers advice and help with feelings of self doubt and other common symptoms of depression.
Find out about other types of mental health problems young people and teenagers can experience.
Find out where you can get support
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