Understanding low mood


One in six people, at some point in their life, experience a form of low mood, depression, anxiety or stress-related illness in the UK. They can affect any person at any time in their life and can result in people finding themselves losing interest in things they previously enjoyed. 

What is low mood?

Low mood usually improves after a few days or weeks. In its mildest form it can mean being in low spirits but if these negative feelings don't go away or get worse, it can lead to depression which can be debilitating.

Some symptoms and signs include:

  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Sleeping problems
  • Feeling tired and lacking energy
  • Crying a lot
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Feeling low-spirited for much of the time, every day
  • Being unusually irritable or impatient
  • Finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions
  • Blaming yourself and feeling unnecessarily guilty about things
  • Lacking self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Being preoccupied with negative thoughts
  • Feeling numb, empty and despairing
  • Feeling helpless
  • Distancing yourself from others and not asking for support
  • Taking a bleak, pessimistic view of the future
  • Self-harming
  • Thinking about suicide.

A range of support is available through your GP. If you do have any questions, please contact us.

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