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Depression is one of the most common types of mental illness. Although it’s hard to feel optimistic when you’re depressed, there is lots of support available to help you feel better.


It often develops alongside anxiety.


It affects people in many ways. Some of the symptoms of depression are:


  • Avoiding social situations, like meeting with friends.


  • Easily irritable, upset, miserable, or lonely.


  • Excessive negative thoughts.


  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem.


  • Loss of interest for things you previously enjoyed.


  • No energy, no matter how much you have rested.


  • Sleeping too much or too little.


  • Lack of appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight.


  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

You can find more information on coping with depression at Childline

Check out this video from you tube 

If you are worried you are displaying any of the symptoms above, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. If you’re scared about going on your own, you could ask someone to go with you. Your doctor will be able to find out if you have depression and talk you through the types of treatments that are available.

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