Signs of Depression are that you feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things you used to enjoy and these feelings last for two weeks or more. The important thing is that if the feelings are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.
If you have low self esteem, feel tearful, guilt-ridden, anxious or irritable, or if you lack motivation or interest, find it difficult to make a decisions and you’re not getting enjoyment out of life AND this has lasted for two or more weeks, then you’re probably depressed and it’s time to take action. You can take a test too but you’re likely to be the best judge of you!
Other Signs of Depression
There are other more signs of depression too, for example men are likely to become more immersed in their work, daily routines such as dog walking or going to the gym or other ‘must do’ activities. Again there are physical signs such as weight loss, aches and pains, losing interest in sex or not sleeping well. Think back as well as Depression can come on gradually, were you always like this, has it always been this bad, is it really getting better?
When these feelings start to have an impact on work, social life or family life then you’re probably depressed and it’s time to get help.
You’re not alone! Depression affects about 10% of us at some point so that’s over 6 million people in the UK. It affects men and women, young and old, even children. Studies have shown that about 4% of children aged five to 16 in the UK are anxious or depressed.