Depression is a very common condition that can be triggered by stressful events, or can sometimes appear with no obvious catalyst.
Some symptoms of depression include:
Constantly feeling down or hopeless
Having little interest in doing things you used to enjoy
Feelings of loneliness, guilt and worthlessness
Feeling exhausted all the time
Not participating in routine activities and hobbies
Withdrawing from family and friends
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Disrupted sleep patterns
Eating a lot more / or less than usual
It is common for people who have depression to also feel anxious
Some people with depression may have thoughts of death or suicide
You can take a self-test for depression here: https://depression.org.nz/is-it-depression-anxiety/self-test/
If you suspect you may be experiencing depression it is important that you talk to a healthcare professional.
Your GP is often a good starting point.
Talk therapy can help you re - connect with people and activities, learn techniques to calm your body and brain, challenge unhelpful thinking, develop better coping mechanisms, and implement problem-solving skills.
If you think you, or someone you know is at crisis point, urgent help is needed.
Emergency teams (called CATT ) provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week assessment and short-term treatment services for people experiencing a serious mental health crisis.
Akld Central Crisis Team: 0800 800 717
Or if in immediate danger, call 111