Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, with one in five people in Scotland diagnosed with the illness at some point in their lives.
It is different from feeling down or unhappy, as the feelings associated with depression are often far more intense and can stay with people for extended periods of time.
Depression affects people in different ways, but commonly leads to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety and negativity.
Mild depression doesn’t stop people from leading normal lives, but makes everything feel more difficult. At its most extreme depression can be life threatening if it causes people to feel suicidal.
Common Experiences of Depression
- Lack of energy and concentration.
- Feeling low, sad.
- Lack of feelings.
- Feeling worthless.
- Disrupted sleep i.e. insomnia, sleeping for long periods.
- Feeling distant/isolated from people.