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Depression and Feeling Low

1st April 2023

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition where you have a constant low mood for a long period of time.

It will be different for everyone and you can experience a wide range of emotions. Symptoms include feeling sad, upset, angry, tired and numb. You may notice yourself starting to avoid every day situations like going to school/college or work, not wanting to see friends or family.

Is it different to just feeling low?

Yes. We all have days where we have little energy or feel rubbish, but depression is when we feel like that for days, weeks, or longer.

What can cause depression or feeling low?

Life events
Something such as the death of someone close to you, a break-up or job loss will make you feel really down, but they can also trigger reactive depression (depression caused by a sudden traumatic life event).

If you are struggling with something in your life, like with money, or you struggle to make friends, this can lead to you feeling down.

Lifestyle
Not having a balanced diet, eating healthily, not getting enough sleep can make it difficult for you to function like you should.

Medication, drugs and alcohol 
Depression or low mood can sometimes be a side effect of lots of medicines, and while drugs and alcohol can make you feel good in the short term, they can make you feel worse in the long term.

The seasons 
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of mood disorder where you feel low due to seasonal changes. Some people will find the effects of this can be worse during the winter, but you can also experience it in summer.

How can I help someone who is feeling low or depressed?

The best thing you can do is be there for them. Keep checking up on them and ask them how they’re doing. If you’re worried about them, support them to get further help. This can be daunting so it’s really helpful for them to have someone by their side.

I want to find out more

CAMHS – Depression

Young Minds – Depression

Mind – Depression

Young Minds – Feeling down and unable to cope

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