Depression is an intense feeling of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness, accompanied by sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains. In the first instance, you should visit your GP. Adopting these techniques can also help:
Join a network where you can talk to other people in similar situations.
Find out more about depression - this can reduce the misconceptions, guilt and fear that are often associated with the condition.
Relax. Depression is frequently associated with tension, stress and anxiety.
Many people with depression experience a loss of energy, but exercise will make you feel more positive.
Depression can affect your appetite so try to make sure that you eat regularly and sensibly. Fresh fruit and vegetables will provide you with valuable nutrients.
Try to continue with any hobbies or interests you have, even if you have difficulty concentrating.