Symptoms of Depression
A low mood that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression.
Difficult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits or cause depression. It could be relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, stress at work, bullying, chronic illness or pain. Sometimes it's possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason.
There are some signs you can look out for, including (but not limited to):
• Avoidance of social events/loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
• Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
• Unexplained anger/irritability
• Reckless behaviour
• Changes in appetite/weight
• Feeling constantly tired
• Trouble sleeping
A bit more info
If you can relate to this, it could mean you are suffering with depression and should seek help from a GP or therapist. It is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of; 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue in our lifetime and depression is one of the most common illnesses.
Depression is fairly common and affects all kinds of different people regardless of gender, race or age.
What can be done to treat depression
Whatever the cause, if negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, you may need to make some changes and get some extra support.
Depression in any form is treatable.
Here are some of the most effective treatments, remember to be open-minded about trying them:
• speak to us today about how we can help
• learning ways to think about problems differently
• get involved with talking therapies
• join a self-help group
• counselling is very effective
• try meditation
• practice breathing exercises
Other things that may help:
• share your problems with family or friends
make more time for your interests and hobbies
• take a break or holiday
• take some regular exercise and make sure you are eating healthily
• make sure you are getting enough sleep
We're here to help too
It's hard to resolve emotional or psychological problems on your own so we provide access to a wide range of courses that can give you a better understanding of yourself. More importantly, you will be 'arming' yourself with the tools required to get back to being the 'real' you.
We can provide several services to help you manage depression such as self-help courses. Courses are free and are held in various locations across Bristol. There are also courses on Anger Management, Stress, Anxiety, Panic, Low Mood, Worry, Sleep Management, Assertiveness and Emotional Management to name just a few.
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