Are you struggling with depression?
Feelings of being persistently unhappy, hopeless or have lost interest in things you used to enjoy. People with depression can often feel anxious, or permanently low, please remember that depression is treatable.
What is depression?
If you have depression, you are likely to feel persistently unhappy and hopeless and to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. Depression impacts how we feel, think and act. People with depression can often feel anxious, you can read what are the main anxiety disorders are. Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. However low you are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable.
When to seek treatment
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What you need to know
It's important to get help early if you think your child may be depressed. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your child's life and turn into a long-term problem.
Symptoms of depression in children often include:
sadness, or a low mood that does not go away
being irritable or grumpy all the time
not being interested in things they used to enjoy
feeling tired and exhausted a lot of the time
Your child may also:
have trouble sleeping or sleep more than usual
not be able to concentrate
interact less with friends and family
not have much confidence
eat less than usual or overeat
have big changes in weight
seem unable to relax or be more lethargic than usual
talk about feeling guilty or worthless
feel empty or unable to feel emotions (numb)
have thoughts about suicide or self-harming
actually self-harm, for example, cutting their skin or taking an overdose
Some children have problems with anxiety as well as depression. Some also have physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches.
Problems at school can be a sign of depression in children and young people and so can problem behaviour.
Older children who are depressed may misuse drugs or alcohol.
Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.
It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners.
It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.
With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.
try calming breathing exercises if you feel overwhelmed
do physical activity if you can – it can improve your mood and help you sleep
eat a healthy diet with regular meals
try to attend antenatal classes to meet other pregnant people