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How to deal with depression

Shout 85258 free and confidential text support service is there for moments when you are dealing with depression and need support to get to a calmer place.

If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 immediately.


What is depression?

Depression is persistent feelings of sadness, and may include inactivity, hopelessness, difficulty in concentrating and focus, and changes in appetite.

Coping with depression

Living with depression can feel hopeless and overwhelming and can affect your relationships, work and everyday life. It can make simple tasks such as getting dressed and brushing your teeth feel like huge obstacles to get over each day.

You may experience feelings of sadness, anger, loss, confusion and you may find that things that used to excite you no longer do.

It’s important to remember that depression is different to feeling down every now and then; this is a normal part of life that happens to everyone. But if you’re finding that you have more down days than good ones and it’s starting to impact your life, it’s time to get support.

Symptoms of depression

The symptoms of depression vary from person to person.

Symptoms to be aware of can include:

  • Finding it hard to think or focus clearly
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling exhausted every day
  • Finding yourself withdrawing from friends and family or colleagues at work
  • Not enjoying things you usually like to do
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Turning to alcohol or drugs as ways to cope
  • Feeling emotional, like you want to cry a lot of the time
  • Feeling bad about yourself - or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down

You might find that your experiences are different to someone else’s, or you might find that you just don’t feel yourself. No matter what you are going through, you don’t have to face it alone.

Text SHOUT to 85258 to speak to a trained and empathetic volunteer.

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