Depression & Low Mood
"Why am I always feeling so down?"
If you feel this way, you are certainly not alone! We can often experience periods of sadness without any obvious cause. Sadness is an understandable reaction to upsetting or stressful events but if it is persistent, it can indicate depressive illness.
One in six of us suffers from depression. Symptoms vary but they often include * a lack of motivation, * inability to concentrate, * general pessimism, * sleep disturbance, * irritability, * social isolation, * fleeting suicidal thoughts, * crying more than usual for no reason, * no appetite, * loss of sexual drive, and * loss of pleasure or enthusiasm. You might think "I am hopeless and helpless", "I am a failure", "I'm not good enough" and "Nothing is going to change".
If you notice such symptoms, and they have been with you for months, and your mood has started to affect your relations with others, then it is time to contact professionals.