Feeling sad and unhappy is a normal response to situations of loss and disappointment in our lives. However, young people who struggle with depression do not just feel ‘unhappy’ for a long time. Depression is a condition that greatly affects how we feel, think and behave.
Common symptoms of depression include a combination of the following:
Another type of mood disorders are bipolar disorders. People with bipolar disorders fluctuate between periods of intense low mood and energy (depression) and period of intense euphoria and high energy (called ‘mania’ and ‘hypomania’).
It is not uncommon for people to struggle with mood disorders for many years before receiving support. Because of this, mood disorders are considered a ‘hidden burden’ by the World Health Organisation.
Could I be depressed? Click here for an NHS brief self-assessment of depression.