Mental Health & Wellbeing

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. (beyond blue)

Signs & Symptoms
If you have been experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms for at least 2 weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and  activities
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed  down”
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering,  making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening,  or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent physical symptoms

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