Depression is a mental health difficulty that involves persistent low mood (continuing for a long time). It impacts on the way people feel, think and behave. Depression can happen as a reaction to difficult experiences such as bullying, bereavement or family relationship difficulties. It can also happen without any obvious trigger or reason.
People with depression can feel a range of emotions including sadness, stress, hopelessness, loneliness, irritability (anger), emptiness or numbness. People with depression often have negative thoughts about themselves, other people, the future or life in general. It can be hard to carry out usual routines and tasks including self-care (showering/ brushing your teeth), eating and sleeping.
People with depression often stop enjoying activities or seeing friends as they can feel tired and have no energy or motivation. People with severe depression, and/or depression that has been going on for a long time, sometimes have thoughts or urges to harm themselves or to end their lives. It is important to tell someone so that a safety plan that supports the person not to act on these thoughts can be put in place.
Depression isn’t something people can ‘snap out of’ or simply ‘cheer up’ from. It’s a medical condition that can affect many aspects of a person’s life if not treated. The good news is that depression is treatable and people can recover.
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More information on depression and great resources can be found on the Young Minds website.
The best way to help yourself recover from depression is to get active again, and to get back to doing things that feel pleasurable. Even making small changes can make a big difference, and this website has lots of ideas and resources to help you. This can be really difficult to do and is one of the best ways of tackling depression. There are also services available via your GP, School and in the most severe cases Specialist CAMHS.
There are local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) services if you are looking for help: