Everyone occasionally feels sad, but these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. We often use the expression, “I’m feeling depressed”, when we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, these feelings pass with time.
But if these feelings are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back over and over again, it could be a sign that you are depressed and you may need medical help. People get better and recover with treatment.
Symptoms of Depression Include
- Persistent sad, anxious or ’empty’ feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies or friendships
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide, suicide attempts
If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, might be showing signs of depression, it is important to get support.
- Your Family Doctor
- ShannonDoc 1850 21 29 99
- The Samaritans 065 682 9777 www.samaritans.org firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aware 1800 80 48 48 www.aware.ie email@example.com
- Grow 1890 47 44 74 www.grow.ie firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reachout 01 76 45 666 www.reachout.com email@example.com
- Spunout 01 67 53 554 www.spunout.ie firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
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