Conditions and treatments
Depression primarily affects mood but many other varied symptoms may exist.
Symptoms range from the loss of pleasure in activities unhappiness and feelings of hopelessness and persistent sadness. People with Depression may also suffer from the symptoms of Anxiety.
They may also experience physical symptoms. They may have low energy and feel tired constantly. They may experience disturbed sleep, their appetite may decline and/or they may lose their sex drive.
With the mildest symptoms of depression you experience low mood, with more severe symptoms of depression you may feel suicidal.
Treatment of depression:
The treatment offered for your depression will be dependent on whether your diagnosis is mild, moderate or severe. A combination of taking therapies, medication and lifestyle changes may be needed.
With mild symptoms your GP may monitor your symptoms first before proceeding with treatment. This is called ‘watchful waiting’. They may also advise of some lifestyle changes that may help, such as self-help groups and exercise.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is often used for mild to moderate depression. Antidepressants may also be prescribed. With moderate to severe symptoms, a combination of talking therapy and antidepressants are widely recommended. With severe symptoms, specialist input is recommended.