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Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression.

Depression is a long lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities.

The symptoms of depression are:

  • Low mood, feeling sad, irritable or angry.
  • Having less energy to do certain things.
  • Losing interest or enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy.
  • Loss of concentration.
  • Becoming tired more easily.
  • Disturbed sleep and losing your appetite.
  • Feeling less good about yourself (loss of self-confidence).
  • Feeling guilty or worthless.

How is depression treated?

The first step to getting treatment is to see your GP. If your GP thinks you have depression, they will talk to you about the treatments they can offer.

There are different types of therapy that you might be offered. These include:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy.
  • Psychodynamic therapy.
  • Problem-solving therapy.
  • Interpersonal therapy.
  • Behavior activation.
  • Group therapy.
  • Relationship counselling.
  • Bereavement counselling.
  • Mindfulness based therapy.
  • Counselling.

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