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Coping with Depression

We all feel sad or fed up at times. That can be a normal reaction to loss or disappointment.

Depression is different. If you’re depressed, you might:

  • Have a persistent low mood;
  • Lose interest in ordinary things;
  • Feel intense sadness or guilt;
  • Feel helpless, hopeless or worthless;
  • Lose concentration easily and feel unable to make decisions;
  • Feel restless and irritable;
  • Be unable to sleep, or wake up frequently and find it difficult get back to sleep;
  • Find yourself eating much more, or much less, than usual;
  • Experience things as if they’re distant – so distant you can’t see, hear or feel them as you used to.

If these feelings persist for more than a fortnight, you may be depressed.

Depression is very common. It affects 121 million people worldwide. One in four people in the UK will suffer depression during their lifetime. As many as one in six people in the UK are suffering from depression now.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as one of the most effective ways to treat depression. For that reason, it’s often recommended by GPs and psychiatrists on its own, or in combination with other treatments.

CBT is used to help you find ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. It’s effective in most cases and, because you can learn and use the techniques whenever you need to, it can help reduce the risk that you’ll be depressed again in the future.

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