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Overcome Depression

How Depression Works

What is Depression

Depression is the feeling of low mood. It can feel like sadness, lethargy, hopelessness, frustration, or disappointment. Depression can include changes in our bodies, our thoughts and our behaviour.
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Woman sitting on the floor leaning on the sofa with depression

What Does Depression Look Like?

When we feel low or depressed, there may be physical changes such as difficulty getting to sleep, changes in appetite or weight, loss of sexual libido, low energy levels, to name a few.

Depression can change the way we think. It often makes us think in negative, hopeless ways. Depression can make us think negatively about ourselves, our lives and the world around us.

When our mood is low, and we’re thinking negatively, we’re likely to act in ways that re-inforce our low mood. We might start isolating ourselves from our family and friends, acting in ways that lead to disrupted sleep/dietary patterns, we may stop exercising or engaging in activities that bring us a sense of joy, achievement and contentment.

What Does Depression Look Like?

When we feel low or depressed, there may be physical changes such as difficulty getting to sleep, changes in appetite or weight, loss of sexual libido, low energy levels, to name a few.

Depression can change the way we think. It often makes us think in negative, hopeless ways. Depression can make us think negatively about ourselves, our lives and the world around us.

When our mood is low, and we’re thinking negatively, we’re likely to act in ways that re-inforce our low mood. We might start isolating ourselves from our family and friends, acting in ways that lead to disrupted sleep/dietary patterns, we may stop exercising or engaging in activities that bring us a sense of joy, achievement and contentment.

Woman sitting on the floor leaning on the sofa with depression

Do I need to deal with my low mood, and what can be done about it?

Low mood is a natural part of human experience. Almost everybody feels low sometimes. It’s ok not to be ok. Just like other emotions, depression becomes a problem when it makes it difficult to do the things that we need or want to do, or when it leads us to acting in unhelpful ways. If depression is causing difficulties in your life, effective, evidence-based treatment is available. Treatment can involve understanding your low mood, and where it comes from, becoming more involved in life, and challenging our natural responses to low mood.

Is Depression Causing Problems in Your Life?

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