Experiencing periods of
sadness in life is quite normal. Sometimes life events such as redundancy, divorce, bereavement, or illness can
make us feel very unhappy for a period of time. Even neutral or positive events such as house moves, retirement, or
promotion can result in confusing periods of low mood.
All this is very normal
and in most cases the low mood will lift of its own accord after a short period of time. Sometimes however, the low
mood can get stuck. Persistent low mood drains energy, leads to social isolation, and is often accompanied by
physical aches and pains. You may have trouble sleeping or find that you want to sleep too much and can’t face
getting out of bed in the morning. Activities that you used to find enjoyable no longer seem to appeal, and talking to people and socializing can
suddenly seem to be a great ordeal.
If you recognise any of these problems and feel that you just
can’t seem to shake off sad feelings and low mood, then you may be affected by depression and may benefit
from accessing talking therapy and medication under the advice of your GP.