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Here are the most common symptoms. You may not have them all, but any of them could mean you have depression.

  • Feeling sad or irritable
  • Feeling less able to do things
  • Losing interest in life
  • Becoming tired easily, or losing concentration
  • Sleeping or eating less or more
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

If you have any of these symptoms it’s a good idea to talk to your GP.


Self-help methods enable many people to overcome or manage low moods and symptoms of depression. You can find out more about these on our self-help page.

There are many talking therapy options too, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), group therapy or counselling. You may also be offered antidepressant medication.