Depression is a real illness, it is not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.
When to see a GP:
It is important to seek medical attention from your GP if you think you may be depressed.
Many people wait a long time before they seek help for depression, but it is best not to delay. The sooner you see a GP the sooner you can start the road to recovery.
Depression is fairly common affecting around 0ne in ten people during their lifetime.
What causes Depression?
Sometimes there’s a trigger for depression, usually a life changing event such as loss of a family member or losing your job.
Those who have a family history of depression are more likely to experience it themselves. However, depression can occur for no apparent reason.
Living with Depression:
Many people who live with Depression benefit from making lifestyle changes such as exercising more, eating healthily, quitting smoking or stopping drinking alcohol.