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depression Depression is a feeling of persistent sadness, involving feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. It involves not only mood but also feelings of being physically ill and of not being able to think clearly. It is one of the most common conditions in the UK, affecting at least one in five people during their lifetime. No one should fear depression; the vast majority of people affected will make a full recovery. Successful treatment can involve a variety of different approaches, including self-help, psychotherapy or medication. If you are affected by depression, you are not ‘just’ sad or upset. You have an illness which means that intense feelings of persistent sadness, helpless and hopelessness are often accompanied by physical effects such as sleepiness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains. Sometimes people may not realize how depressed they are, if

they have been feeling the same way for a long time, if they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves very busy, or if their depressive symptoms are more physical than emotional. • Tiredness and loss of energy • Persistent sadness • Loss of self confidence and self esteem • Difficulty concentrating • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting • Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness • Self-harm • Sleeping problems - difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual. • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school

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• Loss of appetite • Loss of sex drive and/ or sexual problems • Physical aches and pains • Thinking about suicide and death Generally if you experience 4 or more of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks then it may be necessary to seek help either by going to see your GP for a referral, or by referring yourself to a psychotherapist. Helpful things that you can do for yourself, even if you do seek help, is ensure that your daily routine includes: • time for adequate rest and sleep • eating a balanced diet • Doing some gentle exercise preferable in the fresh air e.g going for a walk • Having some time for yourself even if it merely taking a long bath • Talking to people around you about how you feel.

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