Some signs that your well-being and mental health could need specialist support

It is natural to feel low or worried at different times in our lives. Sometimes different things can happen, and we can experience situations and events that affect us a lot. These feelings usually pass in time. 

It is when these feelings don’t pass and get in the way of your life that it is worth thinking about whether you’re experiencing significant distress and could benefit from specialist professional help. 

Some signs that could mean that you are experiencing depression are listed below. This guidance is taken from the Mind website .

Here are some common signs of depression you may experience.

How you might feel

  • down, upset or tearful
  • restless, agitated or irritable
  • guilty, worthless and down on yourself
  • empty and numb
  • isolated and unable to relate to other people
  • finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
  • a sense of unreality
  • no self-confidence or self-esteem
  • hopeless and despairing
  • suicidal.

How you might behave

  • avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy
  • self-harming or suicidal behaviour
  • difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions
  • losing interest in sex
  • difficulty remembering or concentrating on things
  • using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
  • difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • feeling tired all the time
  • no appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight
  • physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
  • moving very slowly or being restless and agitated.