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Symptoms of Depression to look out for include:
- Low mood (for two weeks or more)
- Lack of interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in sex
- Poor motivation
- Lack of appetite or Eating too much (comfort eating)
- Persistent fatigue, poor concentration or indecisiveness
- Recurrent thoughts or preoccupation with death or suicide
- Changes in sleep patterns
Depression is not the same as feeling sad, or being in a bad mood. All of us have good and bad days; but this is not necessarily depression. Depression is a disorder that has distinct criteria. Sometimes, the word ‘depression’ is used to describe everyday feelings of low mood which can affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult.
If you are suffering from depression, you are not ‘just’ sad or upset. You have a disorder which means that intense feelings of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness are accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains.
Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling the same for a long time, if they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves busy, or if their depressive symptoms are more physical than emotional.
I am very experienced in treating depression, so if you think you need my help, just contact me.