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Extract taken from BUPA International health information.Full fact sheets & binder are available from STM Nummos (see advert)

This is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, affecting about 121 million people. Depression is characterised by a number of symptoms including a loss of interest and enjoyment in the ordinary things in life.

Types of depression

    • Mild depression. This doesn’t usually stop you leading your daily life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. 
    • Moderate depression. This has a significant impact on your daily life, and you may have more symptoms than people with mild depression.
    • Severe depression. This makes you feel uninterested in doing anything - daily activities are almost impossible.

There are also specific forms of depression, which include the following:

  • Dysthymia. This is mild depression, lasting at least two years.
  • Bipolar affective disorder - also known as manic depression or just bipolar disorder. This is a condition which causes mood swings. Your mood varies from excitement to depression and despair. You may also have hallucinations.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, occurring most commonly in the winter months.
  • Postnatal depression. This develops two to three weeks after childbirth and lasts for months or even years.


Symptoms of depression
If you have depression, you may have a number of different symptoms including:

  • A continuous low mood, which may be worse in the mornings
  • Feeling irritable
  • Crying a lot
  • A loss of interest in your social life
  • A loss of self-confidence
  • A lack of energy
  • Tiredness and poor concentration
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Feeling helpless, worthless or hopeless
  • Feeling guilty
  • Thoughts about death and suicide
  • Anxiety
  • A loss of sex drive (libido)
  • Trouble sleeping - possibly taking one or two hoursto go to sleep or waking up earlier than usual
  • Disturbed eating patterns - either loss of appetite or eating too much
  • Unexplained or worsening aches and pains
  • Physical slowness

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