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Are the storm clouds gathering?

Depression is the presence of sad, empty or irritable moods, accompanied by changes in feelings and thoughts that significantly affect the individuals ability to function.

Depression is experienced on a continuum. Mild symptoms would have some effect on mood and activity. Severe depressions are more debilitating, for example someone may not be able to get out of bed or feel suicidal.

Symptoms of depression include:


  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling that life is pointless

  • Feeling that nothing will ever change (helplessness)

  • Low esteem, thinking that you’re not good enough

  • Increased anxiety and irritability

  • Lack of motivation

  • Inability to make decisions

  • Lethargy

  • Aches and pains

  • Low libido

  • Insomnia or too much sleep

  • Avoidance of enjoyable activities, social activities

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Unhealthy eating patterns