Many of us experience periods of unhappiness in our lives in which we may feel sad and miserable. These periods in themselves may be fairly temporary lasting no more than a few weeks and we manage to cope with them and recover. However, depression is different in that it doesn’t just “go away” it interferes with our functioning and impacts on our everyday life. The symptoms of depression are varied and may include feeling unhappy most of the time, lacking energy, loss of appetite, feeling hopeless, losing interest in pastimes, losing confidence and self-esteem and having problems making decisions.

You may also have problems sleeping and insomnia can be common with people having difficulty either getting to sleep, experiencing interrupted sleep or waking early in the morning. Often people get a general sense of feeling worthless and may experience suicidal thoughts. If this is the case it is important to consult with your G.P. at the earliest opportunity.