Recognise the problem

‘Depression can be hard to recognise if you are in its grip. And as lack of energy and a feeling of worthlessness are typical symptoms you may find it hard to motivate yourself to seek help or even feel that you deserve it,’ says Sara.

But if you are feeling more low or depressed than normal and it is starting to affect your work, interests and relationships try to share your feelings with family, friends or your doctor as soon as you can. Remember there is no stigma attached to admitting to feeling low – especially when admitting it is part of the way forward. So don’t suffer in silence. There is plenty of help out there and finding the right support and right treatment can help to stop ‘the black dog’ taking over.

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