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Low mood and Depression

All of us will feel down from time to time, and it’s normal to have bad days or even bad weeks. But sometimes it is just harder to ‘pick ourselves back up’ and our low mood lasts longer.

Sometimes we can spot why we are experiencing this low mood, such as a loss or life change, however sometimes it seems to come out of the blue and we and others around us feel confused about why we feel so bad when everything in our lives seems to be ok.

Most people with depression will experience at least five or six of the following symptoms for a prolonged period of weeks, months, or in some cases longer:

  • Feelings of unhappiness most of the time
  • Loss of interest in life and inability to enjoy anything
  • More difficulty in making decisions
  • Inability to cope with things that would not usually be a problem
  • Feelings of exhaustion
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite (or the reverse)
  • Difficulty in falling asleep, waking up earlier than usual or sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness
  • Avoidance of others
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts

Other, physical symptoms (which can be the first sign of depression) include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Constant headaches
  • Irritable bowel
  • Not enough or too much sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor motivation