What is depression?
While we all feel sad, moody or low from
time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long
periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any
apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a
serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.
Signs and symptoms
You may be depressed if,
for more than two weeks, you've felt sad, down or miserable most of the
time, or have lost interest or pleasure in usual activities, and have
also experienced several of the signs and symptoms across at least three
of the categories below.
It’s important to remember that we all
experience some of these symptoms from time to time, and it may not
necessarily mean you're depressed. Equally, not everyone who is
experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.
- not going out anymore
- not getting things done at work/school
- withdrawing from close family and friends
- relying on alcohol and sedatives
- not doing usual enjoyable activities
- unable to concentrate
- lacking in confidence
- 'I’m a failure.'
- 'It’s my fault.'
- 'Nothing good ever happens to me.'
- 'I’m worthless.'
- 'Life’s not worth living.'
- 'People would be better off without me.'
- tired all the time
- sick and run down
- headaches and muscle pains
- churning gut
- sleep problems
- loss or change of appetite
- significant weight loss or gain
Trish is very experienced in the treatment of depression with adolescents, adults and older adults.