Depression or low mood

Low mood and depression can happen to anyone. 1 in 4 of us will experience low mood or depression over our lifetime. As well as life events, biological make-up and upbringing can make some more vulnerable than others.

What is Low Mood?

Low mood can include the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Feeling sad
  • Worrying
  • Feeling frustrated or angry
  • Lacking self-confidence
  • Feeling anxious

In low mood these symptoms tend to improve after a short time. It may require some small changes in your life such as talking about your problems, resolving a difficult issue or getting more sleep.

What is Depression?

If the low mood doesn’t go away, it can be a sign of depression. Depression can include the following symptoms:

  • Continuous sadness
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling irritable
  • Lacking motivation or interest in things
  • Lacking energy
  • Struggling with sleep
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Feeling constantly anxious or worried
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Struggling to make decisions
  • Experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

The symptoms will last for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your family, social or work life.

What are the possible causes of low mood or depression?

Life can be difficult. There are some situations that can make us more vulnerable to developing low mood or depression, such as:

  • Relationship problems
  • Low income or loss of work
  • Bereavement
  • Work related stress
  • Health conditions

Talking Therapies can offer different types of therapy and support for these types of difficulties. To discuss how talking therapies might help you please – Refer Yourself and you will be contacted to arrange an initial First Appointment.