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What is depression?

 
We all have times when we feel low. Many of us feel down on Monday mornings. Some of us may feel sad if we don’t do as well as we had hoped in an exam or if the team we support loses an important match. These are natural reactions to everyday life events and the feelings usually pass after a while.
 
     
 
Sometimes these feelings don’t pass and may last for two weeks or more. If you find this impact on your daily life you may be depressed or experience depression.
 
     
Sometimes these feelings don’t pass and may last for two weeks or more. If you find this impact on your daily life you may be depressed or experience depression.  There is often no one cause for being depressed. Many factors are involved such as biological, psychological and social influences. Research suggests that depression can often be triggered by a stressful life event. Different people can cope with different amounts of stress and some people become depressed more easily than others.
 
Depression is a mental illness which affects up to 1 in 10 young people in Ireland and as many as 1 in 7 people at some point in their lives.
 
Symptoms of depression vary but usually include a number of the following:
  • feeling sad, worried or anxious
  • tiredness or lack of energy
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of interest in hobbies
  • not wanting to be around family or friends
  • feelings of low self-worth, guilt or self-blame
  • frequent aches and pains
  • changes in appetite
  • thoughts of suicide
     
 
Everyone has the right to be happy and feel healthy- both physically and mentally.
 
     
Everyone has the right to be happy and feel healthy- both physically and mentally. If you are feeling depressed you have the right to talk about your feelings and the right to get help and support. For many people the first step is to talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, teacher or counsellor.  Your GP can offer expert support such as diagnosing your condition and exploring your treatment options with you.