At some point in our lives we will all feel unhappy, down or sad. We may feel sad because of things that have happened to us, for example a family member or friend becoming ill, having difficulty coping with school, being bullied, or falling out with friends. However, when these feelings become more intense and stay with you for a long period of time and the feelings won’t go away, then this may be a sign of depression. In other words you may stop doing things you normally enjoy doing, you may withdraw from friends and family, you may struggle to get to sleep, or have difficulty getting up in the morning, you may lose your appetite or begin eating much more than usual, you may be unable to concentrate and schoolwork, or work may suffer.
It is really important that if you are not feeling yourself or have been feeling down or experiencing a low mood, then it is really important that you can talk to your parents, a close trusted friend, a guidance teacher or a support service such as the Corner.
For further information and support on what depression is please click on the links below.