This section might be useful to you if you have depression or if you think you might have depression. It explains the symptoms, causes of depression, and treatments. It may help you if you’re a carer, friend or relative of someone with depression.
- Some signs of depression are feeling low, feeling bad about yourself and not wanting to do things.
- Depression affects different people in different ways.
- If you think you might have depression, speak to your GP.
- Professionals describe depression as 'mild', 'moderate' or 'severe'. Your doctor may offer you different treatments depending on how they describe it.
- Depression is treated with medication and talking treatments. Self-help materials, peer support groups and coping strategies can also help.
- Different things can cause depression. Family history, upbringing, stressful events and your lifestyle can all have an effect.
- If you feel low, try to get enough sleep and eat well if you can. It is important to try to keep active, even if you don't feel like it.
This section covers:
- What is depression?
- What are the symptoms of depression and how is it diagnosed?
- What are the different types of depression?
- What causes depression?
- How is depression treated?
- What treatment should I be offered?
- What if I am not happy with my treatment?
- What self care and management skills can I try?
- What risks and complications can depression cause?
- Information for family, carers and friends
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in February 2016. Next review February 2019.
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