WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
- Feeling very low, empty, lethargic or sad often or for long periods of time
- Having difficulty enjoying things that you usually do
- There are lots of ways to deal with the symptoms associated with depression
Feeling down, out of sorts, or even a bit shit now and again is totally normal, but if you’re feeling unhappy or intensely sad for days, weeks or months, you might be experiencing depression. If you're struggling, you can contact the CALM helpline.
Anyone can experience depression at any time in their life. If you think you are struggling with depression, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organisation, it affects over 200 million people worldwide, many of whom have not been diagnosed.
Depression can be mild, moderate or severe. There are effective psychological and medical treatments for moderate and severe depression. It’s important to find what works for you if you are struggling.