Depression is a very common condition which can affect any of us irrespective of age, gender or background. Feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps is a natural response to having a bad day or hearing sad news. Most of us feel this way at one time or other for short periods. Clinical, it is however a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.


There a  number of possible causes. For some people, it happens because of a traumatic life event such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, financial difficulties or bullying. The following may also play a role in depression:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Sleeping problems
  • Stressful life events
  • Childhood abuse/neglect
  • Job loss

Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life and those around you.

Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling sad, anxious or bored, restlessness and irritability
  • Low energy, feeling tired or fatigued
  • Under or oversleeping, waking frequently during the night
  • Poor concentration, becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, family or social life,
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self hate and guilt
  • Aches and pains with no physical basis, e.g. chest/head/tummy pain associated with anxiety or stress
    loss of interest in living, thinking about death, suicidal thoughts

Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than feelings of sadness. If you identify with several of the above symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression we are here to help, call 087 6181202