Mental Health UK
Depression

Overview

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 where you can get further information and support.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  1. What is depression?

  2. What are the symptoms of depression and how is it diagnosed?

  3. What are the different types of depression?

  4. What causes depression?

  5. Where can I get further information and support?

This information was written by Rethink Mental Illness, which has been awarded Information Standard accreditation for being trusted and relevant.