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.
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.