Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
It’s really common to feel down now and again. But when you feel sad, lonely and anxious, these feelings won’t go away and they’re stopping you doing what you’d normally do of a day, then you may be depressed.
Depression happens on a sliding scale from mild through to severe. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming it stops you from doing anything at all. It can also be a symptom or part of other illnesses, for example people with bipolar disorder can move between periods of depression and periods of hypomania (feeling high, on top of the world, and feeling capable of doing virtually anything).
When you’re depressed you may:
Sadly, some people get to a point where they feel life’s hardly worth living anymore.
If you’re struggling to cope with a stressful situation in your life and you’ve been feeling this way for more than a fortnight it can sometimes lead to depression. Depression can also result from a build-up of lots of small problems which leave you feeling stuck and isolated.
There are things you can do to help these types of thoughts and feelings.
There are other treatments available which can vary depending on the scale of your depression but include self-help materials, counselling cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy and medication (such as anti-depressants). CAMHS or your GP will be able to speak to you more about these options.