Depression is the experience of a low mood for a prolonged period of time. Unlike the occasional bout of feeling down or sad, which affects us all from time to time, it will affect your daily life and can make it hard for you to find enjoyment in your day-to-day activities. On some days it may be impossible to get out of bed but on others you may be better able to hide your feelings and carry out your normal daily tasks.
At Dr Julian, we are particularly concerned about conditions such as depression because of its ability to appear in milder forms that can escalate when not treated. Depression affects one in four adults in the UK during their lifetime and varies in its severity. You can suffer specific types of depression. For example after giving birth you can experience Post-Natal Depression or you may just get depression in the winter months due to shorter days in which case you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Severe symptoms include
Depression can be experienced for a variety of reasons. Sometimes there is a clear cause whilst at other times there is no obvious reason for feeling down. It can stem from distressing life events such as death, family problems, divorce or losing a job which are all huge events in our lives and can affect our mood. These and other examples are explored more below.