What is depression?

Feeling low can happen as a result of difficult periods in your life. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason at all. If your low mood does not pass after a few days or weeks, it may be that you are experiencing depression.

If this sounds like you, you're not alone. Depression and low mood affects more people than you might think, and the good news is that there are many ways to help you feel better.

There are many different ways depression can affect your life.

Causes of depression

There are lots of reasons you may be experiencing depression, and they are different for everyone. Your upbringing, environment and genetics can all play a part.

Challenging life events and circumstances can cause you to have symptoms of depression. The way you think may also change as you become depressed – you are likely to feel negatively about yourself, the world, or your future. Having these thoughts can make your depression worse, leading to further negative changes in how you feel, behave and how your body reacts.



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man looking at tablet

Symptoms of depression

A frequent low mood
Little interest in things
Lack of motivation
Tiredness and lack of energy
Problems with concentration
Changes in your appetite
Feelings of restlessness or being 'slowed down'

Post-natal depression

New parents may need mental health support after the birth of their baby.

After the birth, you may find yourself feeling very emotional, and it may feel hard to manage these emotions.

If these emotions develop into post-natal depression, we can help you to manage these feelings.

new mum with baby
new mum with baby

How can Talking Therapies help with depression?

You don’t have to go through low mood and depression alone, and talking therapies can help. Our therapies may be able to help you manage depression and low mood and help you feel like yourself again.

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If your're struggling to cope with feeling low or depressed, we can help.

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Depression on the Every Mind Matters website
Find out more about depression and low mood and get self-help tips.
NHS self-help guide on depression
This self-help guide on depression is produced by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS.
Living life to the full
You can access free online courses on stress, anxiety and depression. There are also courses for new mums, and for those with long-term health conditions like diabetes.

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