At times most people feel fed up, miserable or sad due to reasons such as a relationship problem, bereavement or trauma and the feelings don’t interfere too much with living. However sometimes there are no reasons at all.

Depression is different. It affects people of all ages and both genders. There is no single cause of depression and the feelings don’t go away after a few days they carry on for weeks. The feelings can be so bad that they do interfere with living.

Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling unhappy or helpless most of the time
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Tired, restlessness or agitated
  • Inability to sleep, headaches or physical pains
  • Loss of confidence and irritability
  • Avoiding other people
  • Suicidal thoughts

What kind of help is available?
When feelings become worse and affect your work, interests and your relationships or if you find yourself feeling that life is not worth living it is time to talk to a:

  • relative
  • friend

If you would prefer a confidential space to talk to someone you may need to contact your:

  • GP
  • psychotherapist/counsellor

Help yourself by not keeping it to yourself