depression & Low mood

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What is depression & Low mood?

We all have periods when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or unhappy about life. These feelings usually pass over time and we get back to being ourselves.

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your daily life. The feeling of depression is deeper, longer lasting and more unpleasant than the short periods of unhappiness that everyone experiences occasionally.

Anyone can get low, but someone is said to be suffering from depression (or depressed) when these feelings don’t go away quickly or become so bad they interfere with their everyday life.

Some people describe feeling or depression as ‘being under a dark cloud’ or ‘feeling like drowning – no matter how hard you try to fight back’

Milder forms of depression can mean just being in low spirits. It may not prevent you leading your normal life but it can make everything seem harder to do and feel less worthwhile.

At its most severe, however, depression can make your life very difficult to manage. It can affect the relationships you have with family and friends. It may interfere you’re your school and your social life. And for some people it can be so bad that they lose the will to do anything.

Depression is actually very common, with one in five people become depressed at some point in their lives. Most people manage to pull through their depression with support from therapists, and in more serious cases, medication may be prescribed to help cope with the symptoms.

Specialist support

Below, you will find organisations and charities who are best suited to assist you

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

If you live in England and are aged 18 or over, you can access NHS talking therapies services for anxiety and depression.


People contact us with all sorts of concerns and what might be a small issue to you may be huge to someone else. You could be going through something new or have been struggling to cope for some time, either way, we're here if you feel you need some extra support.


It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

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Symptoms of low mood

Symptoms of a general low mood may include feeling:


anxious or panicky

more tired than usual or being unable to sleep

angry or frustrated

low on confidence or self-esteem

A low mood often gets better after a few days or weeks.

It’s usually possible to improve a low mood by making small changes in your life. For example, resolving something that’s bothering you or getting more sleep.

Symptoms of depression

If you have a low mood that lasts 2 weeks or more, it could be a sign of depression.

Other symptoms of depression may include:

not getting any enjoyment out of life

feeling hopeless

not being able to concentrate on everyday things

having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself

Things you can try to help with a low mood


try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. You could also contact Samaritans, call 116 123 or email if you need someone to talk to

try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope

find out how to raise your self-esteem

consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website

try mindfulness, where you focus on the present moment

listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides


do not try to do everything at once; set small targets that you can easily achieve

do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better

try not to tell yourself that you’re alone – most people feel low sometimes and support is available

try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve a low mood. These can all contribute to poor mental health

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