Depression is a common mental disorder. People who are suffering from depression often experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
Depression is more severe than just feeling down or sad. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels from time to time and it is usually due to a particular cause. A person suffering from depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness, negativity and helplessness which don’t go away.
Depression can happen to anybody at any age.
Half of the people who have depression will only experience it once in their lives but for the other half it will reoccur. Recovery time from depression can range from around six months to a year or more.
Depression is difficult to live with both for those who suffer from it but also for their families, friends, and colleagues. It is not always easy to know if you are depressed and what you can do about it. There is lots of information about depression available. For information from Patient.co.uk please see the following link patient.co.uk/health/depression-leaflet
There is also a questionnaire that you can complete which may help you to ascertain whether you are suffering from depression see Patient Depression Form
If you think you may be suffering from depression it is important to speak to someone about how you are feeling and get help.
Well Being Action Plan – the attached is a link to a well-being action plan that you can use to help you develop your own strategy for looking after and improving your well-being.