How to identify the signs of depression so you can fight it
people eating more than usual and others feeling like their appetite has disappeared. It also affects sleep, with sleeping more or less than usual both very common. Emotionally, depression can make people more irritable than usual. People may find themselves crying easily and getting upset over things that didn’t seem to bother them much before. Other people feel numb and empty, like they don’t feel anything anymore. Depression also affects the way we think, so thoughts can become unhelpfully biased and we’re more likely to interpret things in a negative way which fuels depression further.
All in all, depression tends to make people feel bad about themselves, which damages self-esteem and often leads people to withdraw and isolate themselves from others.
Depression affects everybody in different ways. It won’t be the same for any two people.
If you’re concerned that you may have depression, then it’s important to speak to your GP.
They can help you find out if you do have depression and access the right treatment where appropriate.
For more information and to access a range of helpful resources, visit mind.org.uk and search “depression symptoms”.
Dr Ellie Milby is a counselling psychologist
Depression can leave you listless and tired