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
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • 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.

Further Information

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

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