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We all feel down from time to time, but symptoms of depression should be taken seriously if they last for more than two weeks. You might be showing a number of the warning signs, or none in particular – everyone is different. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or try the Self-Test on this site.

key signs

  • constantly feeling down or hopeless
  • having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy

possible signs

  • irritability or restlessness feeling tired all the time, or general loss of energy
  • feelings of emptiness or loneliness
  • no longer interested in favourite activities
  • sleep problems – too much, or too little
  • weight loss or gain
  • low self-esteem
  • problems with concentration
  • reduced sex drive
  • thinking about death a lot


Often people with depression also find they worry about things more than usual. This is known as anxiety. It can cause physical symptoms like pain, a pounding heart or stomach cramps and for some people these physical symptoms are their main concern.

Anxiety may be constant, or it may come and go in certain circumstances. Either way it’s important to recognise anxiety when it occurs, and to seek help.

next step

If you recognise any or all of these signs – particularly the key signs – you should take action sooner rather than later. Depression is far easier to deal with before it gets serious. Take some time to understand what can cause it, and then explore treatment options to help you to get through it.

0800 111 757

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