We all experience low moods and feelings of sadness from time to time and these generally tend to pass after a few days or possibly a few weeks. However, sometimes we may feel down in ourselves for a prolonged period of time. According to the NHS website if you have a low mood that lasts for 2 weeks or more this could be a sign of depression.
Depression can affect people in many ways. Here are some possible symptoms of depression:
- Feeling sad, guilty, upset or numb
- Thinking that everything seems hopeless
- Not getting enjoyment out of things you used to
- Changes in your weight and appetite
- Feeling you can’t be bothered to do everyday tasks
- Getting angry and irritable at the slightest thing that annoys you
There are of course other signs of depression – the above being just some of the main ways that
Here are some tools that can be used to look into why you are feeling low and what action you can take to try and overcome those feelings.
Get your own personalised ‘Mind plan’, which can help give you ideas on dealing with feelings of low mood and depression.
Assess your feelings of depression with the Good Thinking depression self-assessment tool.
Use the Good Thinking low mood quiz to help you find the right apps to help with your feelings of low mood.
If you feel like your feelings of low mood are too much for you to cope with alone then further support is available.
If your low mood has lasted over 2 weeks and you feel like you may have clinical depression then you can get local support from Merton Uplift. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 or make an appointment with to see your GP.
If you are feeling very low and depressed and you feel the need to talk to someone as soon as possible then you can always call Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123 on any phone.