Most people feel depressed at some stage of their lives, but for some the feelings are more intense and last longer.
This type of depression doesn't just ‘go away', and telling the person to ‘cheer up' or ‘pull yourself together' doesn't help. It's not that simple.
But there is hope. Depression is a condition that can usually be treated.
The important point is to seek help.
Symptoms to look out for:
- Depressed mood - most of the day, every day
- Mood swings - one minute high, next minute low
- Lack of energy and loss of interest in life
- Irritability and restlessness
- Disturbed sleep patterns - sleeping too much or too little
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
- Loss of sex drive
- Thoughts about death and the option of suicide
If someone you know suffers from depression that lingers:
If someone is going through a longer period of feeling low, depressed or suicidal, he or she may be suffering from clinical depression, which can usually be treated by medications or therapy. Encourage them to see a doctor, psychologist or therapist
Be there for them. Read our how to help pages.