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Depression is a low mood disorder. We all feel down at times, but if these feelings last and get in the
way of your life, you could have depression.

See the signs
Here are the most common symptoms. You may have some and not others, but any of them could
mean you have depression.
– Feeling sad or irritable
– Feeling less able to do things
– Losing interest in activities you use to enjoy
– Becoming tired easily, losing concentration
– Sleeping and eating less or more
– Low self-esteem, feeling guilty or worthless
– Losing interest in sex
– Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Self-help methods enable many people to overcome or manage low moods. These are just some of
the things you can do to help yourself:
– Exercise or get outdoors, even if it’s just for a walk
– Take breathing exercises
– Learn ways to relax, such as meditation Yoga
– Eating healthy foods regularly
– Follow a daily routine to give your life more structure
– Get enough sleep
– Keep a mood diary to be more aware of your symptoms
– Do something creative like writing, art or music
– Meet people at your local club, group or society
– Volunteering
There are many ‘talking’ therapy options too, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Also
group therapy or counselling. You may also be offered antidepressant medication.

If you have any symptoms described, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP

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