We all feel sad from time to time. This is a perfectly normal response to events in life such as loss or not being able to fulfil something. For most people symptoms subside with the passage of time. However extended periods can cause an escalation of depression causing people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Depression is the second-most common mental health condition. Many people experience depression, research shows that between 8-12% the general population are affected at any one time(office of national statistics). The word ‘depression’ can be used to describe a wide range of symptoms. One person might refer to themselves as “depressed” if they are feeling low, whereas another may be depressed to the point of being unable to eat, sleep, go to work or socialize.

There are several different types of depression and symptoms vary from person to person. However the general indicators of depression are; feeling low, having lack of interest or pleasure in most things, low motivation. Having these feelings consistently for most of the day and over an extended period of time takes it’s toll on people’s mental health. Feeling disinterested and withdrawing from life are signs that the problems are escalating.