Everyone feels 'low,' 'down in the dumps,' 'blue,' or like they 'can't be bothered' from time to time. Depression is essentially a more extreme form of this. For example, depression tends to describe when these feelings last for most of the day, over an extended period of time. When depressed, people also find that their motivation is low, their appetite is reduced, their sleeping patterns are disrupted and their concentration and memory are poor. Other typical experiences include feeling irritable, weepy and lonely.

Learn more about depression and skills to cope with it.


Rethink Mental illness

It explains the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression. It may also help you if you’re a carer, friend or relative of someone with depression.

Young Minds

Your guide to depression and finding the help and support you need

Mental Health Organisation