Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, lethargy and sleep problems. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
There can also be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and various aches and pains.
The symptoms of depression range from mild to severe. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while severe depression can make you feel suicidal, that life is no longer worth living.
Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn't a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
If you think you may be suffering from depression or anxiety, please make an appointment to see a doctor at your earliest convenience. Please complete the two questionnaires below before your appointment and submit them to us. Please answer the questions based on how you have felt over the past 2 weeks.
You may also be asked to complete these again following treatment so that we can assess how you are responding.